Nearly a lakh people have been infected by the deadly coronavirus, therefore, it caused over 3,000 deaths to date. Some of the children have also been tested positive for the coronavirus, so parents are required to be alert for their kids.
As of now, the counting of confirmed cases of the virus remains less. Out of more than 44,000 confirmed cases from China, only 416, which is less than one percent were aged nine years or younger.
Are children more affected by the novel coronavirus?
It is yet unclear whether the low numbers of infected children noted is due to small numbers of children being exposed to the virus or is it low numbers of infected children developing symptoms.
Hence, there is no conclusive study stating that children are immune to the novel coronavirus.
Can children transmit COVID-19 or coronavirus?
Children play a crucial role in the transmission of COVID-19. A theory behind why children exhibit fewer symptoms is that they are mobile, shed a large volume of a virus which puts them at a lower risk of severe diseases.
How to prevent children from COVID-19?
Everyone should wear a mask and wash their hands regularly. Preventing school children from influenza is a useful community prevention strategy. All of us should avoid being in crowded places that might be risky for the future.
Symptoms of coronavirus that children exhibit?
Symptoms like nasal congestion, cough, runny nose and headache have been reported in children. Hence, few may have a fever, while some infected ones don’t show any symptoms.
Many infected kids exhibit respiratory symptoms that are indistinguishable from other viruses. However, so far, it is still not known as if antiviral therapies are useful in the treatment of COVID-19.
Note: Since children have mild symptoms, it is better to avoid antiviral medications as it can have potential side effects like nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions.