Kids and Covid-19
As the global pandemic outbreak gets worse on almost a daily basis, parents raise a lot of concerns about children. Their nuisance of attitude in times like this become quite unbearable at home, as most schools still remain closed. Not as if to say they are ignorant about the disease for which they remain camped in the house. But keeping little kids from playing in the open in correspondence to the social distancing protocol may be very difficult.
On the other hand, it is not as if parents can’t control their kids very well to prevent them from contracting the deadly virus. But as the saying goes, all jack and no play, makes jack a dull boy. A reportage from the New York Times quite explains what keeps most kids from getting Covid-19. Wherein Robin Llyod writes about “Americans looking to new research findings and guidance — some of which suggest kids are less likely to get, spread or suffer from Covid-19 — and recalibrating the precautions they take.”
What We Know On Why Most Kids Are Less Likely To Contract Covid-19
Upon further calculations from most research findings, kids are less likely to contract the corona virus. Especially those under the age of 10. One reason being that children do not have a lot of receptor cells in their bodies, where the virus docks. These ACE2 receptor cells become the more populated in the human body in adolescence and adulthood. And for that matter, adults are more likely to contract the disease than most kids.
Thus according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as of July 11, only 17 children under the age of 5 have died of Covid-19 worldwide. Again, experts who treat Covid-19 in kids remain cautious though but hint on positive signals amid limited data on how children catch and spread the novel coronavirus.
While this is welcome news for parents and guardians, other health authoritarians raise concerns on the accuracy of data on children infections. This means that, under-counts among other related conditions in disease testing are likely to occur when recording data. And as such, “without widespread testing and large, random targeted samples of children, researchers and doctors are not confident of the true number of children who catch the coronavirus, said Mark Schleiss, M.D., a pediatric infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota Medical School” – NYTimes.
So How Strict Should Parents Be?
Are little children able to fight the coronavirus infections, as compared to adults? Is it okay if they don’t wear nose masks or practice the social distancing protocol even while playing?
“Experts still say if families live in a hot spot or a family member is vulnerable to a severe case of Covid-19, children should remain as dedicated as ever to disinfection routines, distancing from people outside the home, wearing a mask and washing their hands even more than they did before the pandemic.” – The New York Times
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SOURCE : NYTimes
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