The Effect of the Coronavirus on Children
The Effect of the Coronavirus on Children
April 23, 2020 by eMedEvents

According to an article in JAMA medical journal, the medium age of those who contract the coronavirus, are between the ages of 49-56. This seems to confirm the data that researchers and HCPs have gathered, that the older you are, the more likely you are to contract and suffer severe symptoms from COVID-19. But what about children, are they carriers of the disease, are they completely immune to the disease, if they aren’t immune to the disease, how likely are they to die from it? With more data being gathered and more research being performed every day, HCPs are starting to form more precise conclusions of the symptoms coronavirus has on different age groups.

Can children catch the virus:

Yes, children can catch the virus. A recently printed article in the Journal of Public Heath Management and Practices, has claimed that researchers and HCPs may have understated the impact of COVID-19 on children. Like most people, very few children suffer from severe symptoms once contracted with COVID-19, causing estimates to be made on the number of children infected, by the number of children needed to enter Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Data indicates that in the U.S., 74 children were admitted into PICU between March 18th and April 6th, due to COVID-19 symptoms. Based on the statistics and growing trends, researchers have concluded that for “every 2381 children in the community, one needed to be admitted into PICU for the coronavirus”. If those calculations prove to be true, then 176,190 children have already been infected with COVID-19, by April 6th.

How deadly is COVID-19 for children:

As mentioned earlier, data shows that the younger generation is far less likely to die to coronavirus, compared to the older generation. .2 percent of children with COVID-19 have died from the disease, while a staggering 14.8 percent of people over the age of 80 have died. Not all children are deemed “low risk” however, as the children who are most likely to suffer from sever symptoms of COVID-19, are those with preexisting health conditions. These health conditions include diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease.

Can children be carriers:

Yes, anyone that has contracted COVID-19 can spread the disease. Children are considered the most likely group of individuals to spread the disease, for numerous reasons. Children are unlikely to understand the severity of the current global situation and will not treat social distancing as seriously as adults. Children are also highly likely to come into contact with other children, whether at school, playgrounds, or at home. Lastly children are also predicted to not practice the proper hygiene necessarily to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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