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Are kids less likely to get coronavirus?

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No one is safe from infection. Children get sick less frequently when they get infected with COVID-19. and in general, have a lower likelihood than adults of having severe disease and being hospitalized. But, they can also transmit it to someone else who can get sick. Kids are also less likely to sit still when they have mild symptoms. That puts everyone around them at risk for infection.

In addition, those who do get sick are potentially at risk for a dangerous syndrome now called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). The illness is similar to Kawasaki syndrome and as the name suggests, it involes several systems. Symptoms include high fever, a rash, gastronintestinal problems, and difficulty breathing.

There is a subpopulation of kids that are at higher risk for getting sick. Those that have severe underlying lung or immunocompromised conditions are more susceptible to becoming ill.

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 13, 2020
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 13, 2020

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