Coronavirus: Children have 44 pct lower chance of catching COVID-19 than adults

A man and children wearing protective face masks walk near a Chessington World of Adventures car park, which has been turned into a testing facility as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Chessington, Britain. (Reuters)

Children have 44 percent lower odds of catching COVID-19 than adults, according to an analysis led by the president of Britain's Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.

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“In this systematic review and meta-analysis including 32 studies, children and adolescents younger than 20 years had 44 percent lower odds of secondary infection with SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults 20 years and older,” the analysis said.

“There is preliminary evidence that those younger than 10 to 14 years have lower susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection than adults, with adolescents appearing to have similar susceptibility to adults.”

The analysis was led by Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.

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