How can COVID-19 spread among children: A mystery

With schools being reopened in a few countries, it is important for scientists to discover and understand the deal with kids and COVID-19.

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, It has always been a topic of discussion, the role children play in spreading COVID-19. Now with countries going back to opening schools, scientists are scrambling to find answers.

With a small fraction of less than 2% cases being reported under the age of 18, researchers are puzzled on whether children or adults are more likely to be susceptible to COVID. Some reports published state that the growing body of the children is less susceptible to the disease and are not a major concern for transmission.

Other scientists argue that a rush to return to school like in Germany and Denmark increases the incidence of infection, as children tend to have a lower case of immunity compared to adults. An additional concern that children are not being tested as often as adults.

“I do not see any strong biological or epidemiological reason to believe that children don’t get as infected,” says Gary Wong, a researcher in pediatric respiratory medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He further added, “As long as there is community transmission in the adult population, reopening of schools will likely facilitate transmission, as respiratory viruses are known to circulate in schools and daycares.”

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