Scientists and doctors have reported that in young people who become infected with coronavirus, the disease can also be quite difficult. In German hospitals, more and more young people with Sars-CoV-2 appear in intensive care units. Can children develop severe symptoms too? More on how coronavirus disease progresses in children?
A study by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and the Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that children become infected with coronavirus almost as often as adults. 7.4% of children who came into contact with the infected fell ill themselves. Among adults, this figure is 7.9%.
What age children are at risk?
A study in Chinese hospitals based on data on 2,000 infected children showed that severe and moderate symptoms occur primarily in the youngest children with the Sars-CoV-2 virus. According to the Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among infants, the disease is relatively severe in 10% and 7% of children aged one to five years.
What symptoms should parents pay attention to?
Among children, there are many more common cases when the child is asymptomatic or with the manifestation of minor signs of the disease. According to current data, about half of children with coronavirus have a fever and cough or sore throat. Nearly 10% have diarrhea and a runny nose, and about 5% experience nasal congestion.
An important point: if the child is only coughing, he can still have a coronavirus. Also, according to the study, pneumonia appears in 65% of infected children.
For which children is the disease particularly dangerous?
An infectious disease specialist from Dresden reported that coronavirus is especially dangerous for seriously ill children under 11 years of age. This is confirmed by data from China. However, there is no information that children with asthma, diabetes or other chronic diseases are at risk.
What should parents look for?
Parents should follow good hygiene practices. It is also important to clarify whether the child is vaccinated against other diseases so that they do not weaken his immunity. If symptoms of the disease occur, you should consult a doctor and strictly observe quarantine.