Are more children developing severe disease this time?30 Jul, 2021 | 09:40
A vast majority of children either remain asymptomatic or develop a mild disease. In a household, if several adults are diagnosed with COVID 19 infection, there is a high possibility that the children will also be infected. Fortunately, in most such cases, the children particularly those below 10 years are usually asymptomatic or have mild, common cold like symptoms, or diarrhoea.
However, children with congenital heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or those suffering from childhood cancers, or on immune-suppressants are at a higher risk of developing severe disease.
The parents should watch COVID sick children closely. Many of the serious complications in children occur in or after 2nd week of acquiring the infection.
Overall, there is no evidence that children have special predilection of developing COVID 19 disease during this wave as well. Due to larger number of persons getting infected, the absolute number of affected children has also increased.