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US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Some people may not be afraid of the COVID-19 coronavirus : it rarely infects them. This conclusion was reached by physicians from China, having analyzed more than 70 thousand diseases of the coronavirus. Least of all, children and adolescents under 19 respond to the infection.

They account for only 2% of the total number of infected. There are no dead children among the sick in Wuhan, China.

So far, there is not enough information on this subject, noted in an interview with the newspaper. Izvestia Director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-borne Diseases named after E.I. Marcinov Sechenov University Alexander Lukashev. But he does not exclude that this trend is associated with a stronger immune system of the younger generation.

There are no children among the sick, and thanks to the care of parents who strictly monitor that children and adolescents observe hygiene standards , follow the advice of doctors and use protective masks, says Pavel Volchkov, head of the MIPT laboratory of genomic engineering.

In addition, children’s institutions are the first to be quarantined, which prevents the spread of infection.

The reverse is also true: the older the person, the more difficult he is to tolerate the disease. As a rule, adults themselves are not so attentive to the recommendations of doctors.

The main risk group for coronavirus infection is people over 60. The presence of chronic diseases also contributes to the development of complications of infection. Most deaths with coronavirus are caused precisely by an exacerbation of the chronicles.

Scientists note that 87% of cases of coronavirus infection occur in people from 30 to 79 years old.

Experts assessed the likelihood of coronavirus infection in a newborn baby if the mother is sick. For babies, coronavirus can be a threat due to an imperfect immune response in the baby. But newborns have few chances to get infected: they are not as mobile as adults, and they have much less contact with other people.

Coronavirus can be transmitted from mother to child, but this is a rather rare event. To do this, a pregnant woman should get sick with a coronavirus immediately before birth.

In this case, it will be dangerous for the baby immediately after contact with him at birth.

Coronavirus, like other respiratory diseases, is not transmitted through the placenta.

More often than not , doctors, service workers, airline employees, employees who cannot temporarily switch to remote access, as well as people in creative professions — actors, dancers, and journalists — are at risk of coronavirus infection.


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