Children are 44% less likely to contract covid-19

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Analysis was led by Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

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Children are 44% less likely to contract covid-19 than adults, according to an analysis led by the president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, UK.




Woman accompanies children in Ukraine 18/09/2020 REUTERS / Gleb Garanich

Woman accompanies children in Ukraine 18/09/2020 REUTERS / Gleb Garanich

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“In this systematic review and meta-analysis, including 32 studies, children and adolescents under the age of 20 were 44% less likely to have secondary infection with SARS-CoV-2 compared to adults aged 20 and over,” the analysis showed.

“There is preliminary evidence that those under 10 to 14 years of age are less susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection than adults, with adolescents appearing to have similar susceptibility to adults.”

The analysis was led by Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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