Almost 120,000 infected and 4300 dead. Such is the current worldwide balance of the disease called Covid-19. Although scientists reveal more secrets of contagion day after day, one thing still doesn’t make much more sense to them than a few weeks ago. Coronavirus practically does not attack children, and among the dead there is no one under the age of nine.
Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, is a concern for the world. Of course, it does not leave the parents cool, though, according to doctors a little unnecessary. Children do not practically attack the disease of coronavirus and fortunately do not die of it.
Coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s and were named after the crown, respectively. corona proteins surrounding the virus. Although they usually cause respiratory disease in humans, they mainly attack animals. Or rather attacked.
For things have changed in this century. Three new coronaviruses have appeared that have frightened the world. Between 2002 and 2003, it expanded from China to North America, South America and Europe SARS. More than 8,000 infected were identified and approximately 10 percent of the infected died.
In 2012, MERS appeared in Saudi Arabia, which escalated in South Korea in 2015. Nearly 2,500 cases were reported and 34% of those infected died. But both cases had one thing in common. They practically did not attack children.
The number of infected children in SARS and MERS ranged in the order of one percent. For some reason, a person under 14 years of age hardly attacked. And history is repeating now.
A study by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 44,000 patients showed that the number of infected children VS coronavirus is incredibly low. At the time of the research, only two percent of infected people were under the age of 19. Specifically, 416 infected are less than 10 years old and 549 infected between 10 and 19 years old.
Why is this so? Nobody knows at the moment. There are several hypotheses, according to one of them, because children and adolescents have not been exposed to the virus as often as adults. Another hypothesis, however, builds on more interesting foundations. They say that children VS coronaviruses have practically no symptoms of illness.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention on its website confirms that infections are very low in children VS coronavirus cases, but in the case of the symptoms of the disease is referring to only the findings of Chinese doctors. According to them, the child’s symptoms include fever, runny nose and cough.
But a new Chinese study reveals more details of this coronavirus VS children mystery. Indeed, the symptoms mentioned above are noticeable in less than half of the infected children. Most of them have no symptoms at all.
The paradox is that in the epidemic of respiratory diseases, children are most affected. Every year, for example, flu epidemics show this. For some reason, Coronavirus hardly affects children and adolescents. And even those children who are more susceptible to severe respiratory infections had a relatively calm course of the disease.
Therefore, children infected with Covid-19 practically do not receive treatment. Antivirals have a number of side effects, including vomiting and allergic reactions, so there is a risk that the child’s reaction to these drugs would be worse than the disease itself.
In addition, anti-coronavirus medications as such do not officially work. Western and eastern countries are testing certain medicines, but there is no confirmed treatment yet. Therefore, you can Reason simple information on the state websites of many ministries of health: There is no treatment for this disease.
This is partly due to the fact that the coronavirus itself causes the absolute minimum of deaths. These are other diseases and the general health of a person, which may eventually claim human life. However, statistics clearly show that only 0.9% of the deaths were completely healthy before the infection.