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Coronavirus, Covid-19: this is why it is so rare among children
the ROME - there Are many issues that still remain open on the new pandemic Coronavirus or Sars-CoV-2 (covid-19) that has spread from the market with animals of Wuhan in China and at the beginning of February, has infected more than 60 thousand people with 1383 victims. The recent data confirm a mortality, equal to approximately 2% of the sick, but could be much lower due to the difficulty to accurately record the number of infected yet asymptomatic or with flu-like mild. One of the questions to the most challenging concerns the infection in the pediatric age group, which seems to be rarer and/or more mild.


To explain why, on the portal of the Italian Society of Pediatrics (Sip), is Guido Gattinara , president, Sitip (Italian Society of Infettivologia Pediatric): "In the current epidemic of coronavirus, the reasons why so few children are sick are still not clear. The two possible explanations are linked to a lower probability that they have been exposed to the virus for the mode of initial spread of the epidemic (the market of Wuhan, hospitals), or is there something different in the way their body responds to the virus. In any case, the current data seem to indicate that in general children are not very vulnerable to virus covid-19, even if the information that come from China may not be as accurate with regard to childhood. A low number of cases among children would be a good thing, " he said, Gattinara (vc) - as these are less likely to wash your hands, cover your mouth and refrain from touching others, behaviors that can spread germs. If the coronavirus is spreading among children, the epidemic could become much worse". At the epidemiological level, in fact, up to the 22nd of January had not been diagnosed in children under the age of 15 years.
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