Risk of COVID-19 in Children

What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?

As per the information and evidences available, children appear to be at low risk of COVID-19 than adults. While some cases of children and infants having COVID-19 have been reported but still adults make up most of the known cases to date.

Based on evidences & facts below people are at a high risk catching the disease:

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, including:

  • People having lung disease.
  • People having moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have reported serious heart conditions
  • People hacing obesity problem
  • People having diabetes
  • People having severe kidney disease & undergoing dialysis
  • People having liver disease

How can I protect my Child becoming sick from COVID-19?

Yes, you can protect your child becoming sick by COVID-19 by teaching them some good habits:

  • Avoid close contact with strangers & people who are sick.
  • Always stay at home, when you are sick.
  • Always cover your coughs and sneezes with a clean handkerchief or tissue.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • When visiting outside, try not to touch surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles)

Does symptoms of Corona are different in children ?

NO, the symptoms of Corona are similar in children and adults. However, reported symptoms in children are quite mild in nature. Some of the reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, fever, runny nose, and cough. Some children have also reported vomiting and diarrhea. There are studies going on to learn about the impact of disease on children.

Should children wear masks?

Doctors recommend that children above 2 years should cover their nose and mouth with clean cloth OR mask. However, cloth or mask should not be put on children less than 2 years old because this may suffocate them. Wearing mask is a measure to stop the spread of disease.

What steps should be taken to protect the children during community outbreak?

As per evidences available, children appear to be at less risk of COVID-19. But this is a new virus and scientists are still learning about this disease. However, a child shouldn’t get the virus, make sure to keep him indoor during the community outbreak. Don’t send your him to school or playways.