UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Chinese scientists have carried out a study which shows that the new type of Wuhan coronavirus rarely affects children whose number of infected people is very low, according to the paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
They are now trying to find out where this resistance comes from.
The new coronavirus strikes the elderly, but little or no children, according to a team of researchers from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports a publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. There may be several reasons for this.
However, it is best if an infected adult does not come into contact with a baby or child.
Nearly 30,000 people have been affected by the Chinese coronavirus, but by mid-January, no infection had been reported in people under the age of 15. Researchers suggest that children are less exposed to the infection or suffer fewer symptoms when sick.
“For incomprehensible reasons, the virus mainly affects adults,” says Richard Martinello, infectious disease specialist quoted by Business Insider.
Two possible explanations
Scientists have two possible explanations: either children are less exposed to the infection or their bodies fight more effectively against the virus. The number of infected people is increasing and researchers do not exclude that sick children are becoming more numerous.
“When there is a new virus, the whole population is affected. We don’t know if children are really less exposed than adults,” Aaron Milstone, epidemiologist and professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, told Business Insider.
However, scientists want to point out that flu and other seasonal illnesses are more dangerous for children around the world today, as children contribute to their spread more than adults by neglecting prevention.
According to the researchers, the data was only collected from general, not pediatric, hospitals. As a result, they may not be as precise as expected. But if children were highly exposed to infection with the new coronavirus, there would already be many more cases, they say.
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