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Video: Are You Afraid Your Child Will Catch The Coronavirus? Here's What You Need To Know First
Are you afraid your child will catch the coronavirus? Here's what you need to know first
More than 80 countries, including Russia, have reported cases of COVID-19 infection. Parents' worries about their children getting the new virus are easy to understand. It is important to know that during the current outbreak, the disease has very rarely been reported in children. Understanding what parents need to know about coronavirus.
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More than 80 countries, including Russia, have reported cases of COVID-19 infection. Parents' worries about their children getting the new virus are easy to understand. It is important to know that during the current outbreak, the disease has very rarely been reported in children. The Conversation website figured out what parents need to know about the coronavirus.
How often do children get COVID-19?
The number of children who contract COVID-19 remains low. A study that analyzed the incidence, when there were about 44 thousand cases of infection in the world, showed that the proportion of sick children is less than 1%. No deaths were recorded in this age group. In Australia, only one child fell ill, in Russia such cases are unknown.
Why children rarely get COVID-19
Scientists do not know exactly why the incidence in children is so low. Among the possible reasons, they name:
· Infrequent contact of children with the virus.
· A small number of children who have been infected.
A small number of sick children who develop symptoms severe enough to seek medical attention.
Although children usually develop mild symptoms when they become infected with COVID-19, they play a role in the spread of the disease. Children are mobile, the disease can hardly affect their activity, so they can contact a large number of people. School closures for quarantine may be used to prevent COVID-19 epidemics.
Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children
Chinese doctors report that in children, the disease is often manifested only by coughs, nasal congestion, increased nasal discharge, diarrhea and headache. Fever develops in less than half of cases.
Most children and adolescents with COVID-19 in China have suffered mild illness and recovered within one to two weeks, and even young children, who are often more prone to developing severe respiratory infections, have had mild COVID-19.
How to prevent COVID-19 in children
COVID-19 is transmitted primarily by airborne droplets. You can become infected if, after touching various surfaces contaminated with the virus, you touch the mucous membrane of the eyes, nose or mouth.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 (like other respiratory infections) is to regularly wash your hands with water. When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth with a tissue or the bend of your elbow.
Masks are not considered effective in preventing COVID-19 in everyday life, but they do help people who get sick to avoid infecting others. A vaccine against COVID-19 has yet to be developed.