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CDC: Children Less Likely to Get Very Sick From Coronavirus

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A man adjusts a child's protective mask amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 05, 2020 in New York City.(Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 06 April 2020 09:12 PM

U.S. children are less likely to get very sick from coronavirus or require hospital treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study published Monday.

Of the 149,760 confirmed coronavirus cases available for study to the CDC, 2,572 were of children aged 18 and under who tested positive for COVID-19.

Fifty-six percent of pediatric patients reported fevers, 54 percent reported coughs and 13 percent reported shortness of breath, compared with 71, 80 and 43 percent, respectively, among patients aged 18-64 years.

Myalgia, sore throat, headache, and diarrhea were also less commonly reported by pediatric patients. Though most kids didn’t become severely ill, three have died. About 1 in 5 infected children were hospitalized versus 1 in 3 adults.

The CDC authors said social distancing was important in this age group, as “persons with asymptomatic and mild disease, including children, are likely playing a role in transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the community.”

U.S. coronavirus deaths on Monday surpassed 10,000, including 4,758 in New York. Infections have surged to more than 352,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, more than 1.3 million people have been infected by the coronavirus, and a total of 73,917 people have died of COVID-19.

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U.S. children are less likely to get very sick from coronavirus or require hospital treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study published Monday.Of the 149,760 confirmed coronavirus cases available for study to the CDC, 2,572 were of children...
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