A study proves that small children can silently spread the novel coronavirus. Children have lower number of immune receptors which causes. Them less likely to become infected or seriously ill.
This study challenges the hypothesis. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Also challenges the current hypothesis that because children have lower numbers of immune receptors for SARS-CoV2. The virus that causes COVID-19, this makes them less likely to become infected or seriously ill.
Children play a larger role in the community spread of covid 19 than previously thought. In the study of 192 children ages 0-22, 49 children tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and an additional 18 children had late-onset, COVID-19-related illness.
“Kids are not immune from this infection, and their symptoms don’t correlate with exposure and infection,” said Alessio Fasano, director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at MGH.
Researchers from around the worl says that children are the silent carriers to the virus. They are not at all protected by the virus. As the vast majority infected is adults, children should not be discounted in this matter.
“I was surprised by the high levels of virus we found in children of all ages, especially in the first two days of infection,” said Lael Yonker, from MGH, and lead author of the study.