COVID-19 among children had significantly increased in the United States. Parents reveals that children with COVID-19 in the United States had increased to more than half a million cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in February.
According to the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention or CDC, 22% of the United States of America’s population is aged below 18 years old.
1.7 percent of the country’s population who got COVID-19 are under this age group. This information is based on the data collected by the CDC as of April 2, 2020.
The Threat of Children With COVID-19
Out of the 513,415 COVID-19 cases reported as of September 3, 2020, more than 100 children had lost their battle with the SARS-CoV-2. It means that despite the hundreds of thousands of kids with the illness, the majority of them can live the tale.
Despite the many cases of children with COVID-19, the majority of them only experience mild symptoms of the deadly illness.
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However, the possibility of asymptomatic children who carry the novel coronavirus puts adults and those who are at high risk of getting complications from the SARS-CoV-2 at higher risk.
This means that kids who do not show COVID-19 symptoms but are carriers of the novel coronavirus can spread the virus to adults such as their family members, teachers, and school staff.
Kids can be silent carriers of COVID-19
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Asymptomatic children can spread the virus at home. The elderly at home, such as grandparents and parents, may catch the SARS-CoV-2 from their grandchildren or children.
Also, people who live in the same home as these children with pre-existing health conditions may be put at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.
Once infected, there is a higher chance that older adults and those with pre-existing health conditions can experience severe cases of COVID-19.
There is also a chance that asymptomatic children can spread the virus at school and infect other children and school staff.
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