The United States is one of the most affected countries by the new coronavirus, with over 368,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, the 7th of April. The number of cases is continually increasing. According to Fox News, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently released a study that analyzes the differences between pediatric patients and adult patients.
Pediatric patients are considered to be children and teenagers under the age of 18, and people between the ages of 18 and 64 fall under the incidence of the other category.
About 150,000 cases were investigated from the 12th of February to the 2nd of April. Only 2% (2,572 patients) of them were children. This indicates that children are either less likely to get infected or to show symptoms of being infected. Those conclusions match the conclusions from similar studies made in other countries.
Coronavirus Doesn’t Affect Children As Much As It Affects Adult, But We Should Still Keep Kids Safe
“Data from China suggest that pediatric COVID-19 cases might be less severe than cases in adults and that children might experience different symptoms than do adults; however, disease characteristics among pediatric patients in the United States have not been described,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in the report.
The American study concluded that 73% of diagnosed children experienced the common coronavirus symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath while a more substantial 93% of adults experienced them. Adults are also more likely to be hospitalized than children. 29% of the adults, as compared to 21% of the children.
Still, children aren’t safe when it comes to the coronavirus. Two children dying as a consequence of COVID-19 infection isn’t something that can be ignored. Neither is the presumption that they can be silent carriers of the deadly virus. They must be kept safe under lockdown, just like we all do.
“Social distancing and everyday preventative behaviors, remain important for all age groups as patients with less serious illness and those without symptoms likely play an important role in disease transmission,” the report on how the new coronavirus affects children recommends.
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