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Kids Can Get COVID-19

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 July 2020 03:39 PM

Pediatric infectious disease specialists have been asked many questions by concerned parents on what guidelines they should follow to protect their children against COVID-19, and three of them came together with some answers in an article for The Conversation.

The experts said COVID-19 poses little risk for children under the age of 17. Most develop mild symptoms if any at all, but a few have become very sick. The latest data on COVID-19 death counts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of July 22, 36 kids aged 14 years or younger perished from the virus.

While the death toll from COVID-19 is relatively small, other health issues have been documented.  

According to The Conversation, kids can spread the disease to others, which the authors said raises serious concerns about school reopenings this fall. Also, children less than one years old who have underlying medical conditions are the most likely to be hospitalized. 

There also are some reports of toddlers contracting the rare but potentially deadly Kawasaki disease after exposure to the virus that resulted in severe symptoms such as high fever, rash, redness of the eyes and arterial swelling around the heart. While the vast majority of kids afflicted responded to treatment, a few died.

Pediatricians have also reported another life-threatening syndrome linked to COVID-19 that has affected young children. It is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, and at least three children in New York died from the illness. According to NBC News, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned:

"We really have to be very careful, because the more and more we learn, we're seeing what this virus can do."

According to the Houston Chronicle, symptoms of MIC-C include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, bloodshot eyes, fatigue, and neck pain — much like those of Kawasaki's disease.

While children are less likely to spread the virus, a study from South Korea revealed older children can spread the coronavirus as readily as adults. The study also showed children under the age of 9 are far less likely to transmit the disease to other members of their household than their older siblings, according to the New York Post.

According to The Conversation, the evidence kids can transmit the disease as well as become sickened by it, "requires a more nuanced approach than full-scale reopening of schools."

"Since young children face low risk of becoming seriously ill, are less likely to spread the disease and benefit greatly from in-person interactions, we believe in-school learning should be considered," the doctors wrote, adding that opening schools for elementary children and then scaling online options for older kids could be one approach to solving the dilemma.

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