Why is the coronavirus “avoids” children?

The outbreak of coronavirus, which came from the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, to date, infected more than 24,000 people worldwide. Despite the high level of contagiousness, infection in some mysterious way, avoiding children under the age of 15. In a study published in the portal sciencealert.comsays that children, for whatever reasons, may be less susceptible to the disease or show milder symptoms than adults.

How does the coronavirus have children?

Since the beginning of the spread of coronavirus infection a little over a month, and the number of infected during this period already exceeded more than 24 000 people. However, during all this time were registered only 3 cases of the disease in children. So, according to official data, at the moment, carriers of dangerous diseases are a 9-month-old girl from Beijing, whose mother is a patient with a coronavirus, a child from Germany, whose dad was first diagnosed with the virus, and the child from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, who was infected but showed no symptoms.

According to experts, low level of morbidity among children is a good sign, if only because children rarely wash their hands, cover your mouth and refrain from touching to others, thus faster spreading the infection.

In one of the articles we have already talked about the fact that the new coronavirus has a lot to do with SARS was raging in Europe in early 2003 and killed 774 people. Even then, however, a dangerous virus somehow bypassed kids party: none of the cases of SARS in children and adolescents died from the infection, whose symptoms penetrate the body very similar to the usual symptoms of SARS and influenza.

One possible explanation for such “selectivity” of the virus may be that the child’s body reacts differently to infection compared with the adult organism. If this theory is not confirmed, and the number of affected children increases, the epidemic may grow significantly more compared to the current.

In order to prevent an increase in the speed spread of the disease, the Chinese authorities have banned the sale of live animals across the city, and promised to stop the illegal wildlife trade throughout the country. Anyway, according to experts, the flu is a more immediate threat for most children around the world than the coronavirus. Scientists believe that children under the age of 5 years are at high risk of developing serious complications caused by the flu virus, for the reason that children developed higher immunological response associated with the onset of fever and tissue damage during the fight their body with the infection.