One good piece of news that is easy to pick out from all of the doom and gloom about COVID-19 is that kids don’t really seem to be at extra risk from this new disease.
That’s good news, as kids are often in high risk groups and at extra risk for other infectious diseases, like flu, measles, and RSV.
Kids and COVID-19
So why aren’t kids affected by COVID-19?
“There have been very few reports of the clinical outcomes for children with COVID-19 to date. Limited reports from China suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 may present with mild symptoms and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon.”Children and COVID-19
Well, we actually don’t know that kids aren’t affected at all.
Right now, it just seems like they don’t get severe disease.
“Though the evidence to date suggests this virus doesn’t inflict severe disease on children, there’s reason to think kids may be helping to amplify transmission. It’s a role they play to devastating effect during flu season, becoming ill and passing flu viruses on to their parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers.”A critical question in getting a handle on coronavirus: What role do kids play in spreading it?
They could just be getting very mild disease or infection without symptoms.
While that’s certainly reassuring, we can’t ignore the possibility that kids could get and spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus to others in high risk groups, including older people and people with severe chronic health conditions.
“If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease.”Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
And we shouldn’t forget that there is one thing that children aren’t immune to right now – anxiety from hearing about COVID-19 all of the time!
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