Why Doesn't Coronavirus Seem To Make Kids Sick?


When coronavirus started making its way around the globe, medical experts assumed it would adversely impact the very old and very young. It has indeed proven deadly for several elderly people who've contracted it, but symptoms have been notably absent in younger patients, very few of whom have perished in the pandemic. “With respiratory infections like this, we usually see a U-shaped curve on who gets hits hardest: young children at one end of the U because their immune systems aren’t yet developed, and old people at the other end because their immune systems grow weaker,” Vineet Menachery, a virologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, tellsThe Washington Post. “With this virus, one side of the U is just completely missing.” Just why this is happening is unknown thus far, with Frank Esper, a pediatric disease specialist in Cleveland, speculating, "Maybe it has nothing to do with the virus and has to do with host, like underlying conditions in the lungs, diabetes or hypertension. After all, few 7-year-olds or newborns have hypertension." Read more here https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/10/coronavirus-is-mysteriously-sparing-kids-killing-elderly-understanding-why-may-help-defeat-virus/