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Children Not Likely to Spread Coronavirus to Adults

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A child wearing a protective face mask walks on the main shopping street in Munich City during the coronavirus crisis on April 30, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 30 April 2020 02:41 PM

There is heartening news about the spread of the coronavirus. According to a recent study, children appear not to pass it along to others.

The researchers cited a classic case in France, where a child who tested positive for COVID-19 did not transmit the disease to anyone else, despite being exposed to over 100 people. They also pointed out that the “China/WHO joint commission” was unable to find one case of child-to-adult transmission of the disease during their tracing efforts.

“The role of children in transmission is unclear, but it seems likely that they do not play a significant role,” according to evidence published in the Don’t Forget the Bubbles pediatric blog. “There is no direct evidence of vertical transmission.”

The report also found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, appears to affect children “less often, with less severity,” according to Fox News.

Earlier this month, researchers in Italy said that most children who contract the novel coronavirus recover within two weeks and display only mild symptoms. Experts believe this is due their younger immune systems that don’t respond to the virus with an aggressive, cytokine storm that damages the lungs and often harms adults.

But although children are more resilient in general than adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that at least three children in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19 and that infants can be vulnerable to severe infections according to CBS News. The CDC said that 1.7% of cases were in children under the age of 18.

But Dr. Dyan Hes, a pediatrician with New York City’s Gramercy Pediatrics said that the CDC figures are wrong.

“I think that probably 80% of the children have coronavirus, but 80 to 90% of them are asymptomatic,” she told CBS News. “So, these numbers are skewed.”

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