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CDC: Asymptomatic children could play important role in coronavirus spread

A woman wearing a protective mask holds a baby CDC: Asymptomatic children could play important role in coronavirus spread
Patty Aguilar | 08 April, 2020, 18:57

"Although most cases reported among children to date have not been severe, clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for COVID-19 infection in children and monitor for progression of illness, particularly among infants and children with underlying conditions", researchers said. Solving it could lead major progress in understanding how and why the virus sickens and kills those in other age groups, scientists say.

The Health Protection Surveillance Protection Centre (HSPC) have announced a further 345 newly confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland as of 1pm, Tuesday 7 April, bringing the Republic's total number of confirmed cases to 5,709.

The percentage of children hospitalized was also lower than the percentage of adults between 18 and 64.

American hospitals have reported shortages of personnel, protective garments and other supplies while patients agonize alone, prohibited from receiving guests.

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The first pediatric case in the USA was reported to the CDC on March 2. Almost a third of those cases involved children ages 15 to 17; 27 percent were among those ages 10 and 14; 15 percent were among those ages 5 to 9; 11 percent were among those ages 1 to 4; and 15 percent were among those under 1.

Of 291 cases with known signs and symptoms, fever, cough, or shortness of breath was documented among 73% of pediatric patients versus 93% of adult patients ages 18-64.

The findings align with data reported from China that showed only about 42% of pediatric coronavirus patients had a fever, about half had a cough and 1.8% were admitted to an intensive care unit. Runny noses, meanwhile, were slightly more prevalent among children.

Infants accounted for the largest proportion of hospitalized children, ranging from 15% to 62% of pediatric COVID-19 admissions. The same analysis found that men represented a slight majority of Italy's coronavirus cases: around 58 percent.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

Early data from U.S. states shows African Americans are more likely to die from Covid-19, highlighting longstanding disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care, experts said.

More than 355,000 people in the United States have tested positive for the disease, with coronavirus-related deaths crossing the 10,000 mark on Monday.

As such, the protocols that have been put in place by health officials, such as "social distancing and everyday preventative behaviors", will continue to "remain important for all age groups as patients with less serious illness and those without symptoms likely play an important role in disease transmission", the report added.

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