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Children Under 5 Years are 10- 100 Times More Vulnerable to COVID

The WHO had issued an advisory putting warning that children and the elderly are susceptible to COVID-19 and the danger of the disease hovers around their head in comparison to an average healthy adult. In an amusing report, children under 5 years have 10 to 100 times the genetic material of the coronavirus compared to older children or adults. This means that young children may be larger carriers of infection in the community. This is a warning in itself, that young children should not only be kept indoors but should also be taken care of. JAMA Pediatrics said this in a study report on Thursday.

The report comes at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration in the US is insisting on opening schools and daycare. Researchers conducted a nozzle swab of 145 patients in Chicago from March 23 to April 27, who had symptoms for over a week. The group of patients was divided into three parts. 46 children were under 5 years old, 51 children were between 5 and 17 years old and 48 adults were between 18 and 65 years old.

The team, led by Taylor Sargent, a doctor at N. & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the upper respiratory tract of young children was 10 to 100 times greater. “The team also said in the report That lamp study found that the higher the genetic material, the more spread the infection.

It has also been said earlier that children with higher viral loads can spread the disease more. The researchers wrote, “Young children are important carriers of SARS-CoV-2 in the general population.” This report contradicts the health authorities’ belief that children are less seriously ill with the virus and more infected than others. Don’t. However, there is not enough research on this yet.

Recent research in South Korea found that children aged 10 to 19 years spread the infection like adults at home, but children under 9 have spread fewer infections. However, in the case of both the studies, the children have been said to be more exposed to the horrors of COVID. A study of this sort makes it very apparent as to why schools should not be reopened until the contagion is either wiped out or contained effectively.

The educational institutions would be the last to open, especially in a country with the size like India, it would become extremely difficult to contain the virus if children are contracted. This will also increase the intensity of the health hazard to 10 times more if children are transmitted to the infectious virus.

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Parul Sharma
I am a media person with with an analytical writing approach. I write on Politics, Gender Issues and Economic Issues.


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