Even most of these children don't get very sick
Many kids get very sick, but most recover well
It seems to be dissipating (following trends in peaks of infection)
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In Europe there have been about 230 cases and very few deaths. There are >80 million children
Europe CDC considers it a low risk. Be reassured
How easily to children catch it?
5 studies have looked at transmission to children (mainly household) and 4/5 found *significantly lower* attack rates in children than adults
<2% of known cases have been in children, but given symptoms are so mild have we just missed them all? Are they mainly asymptomatic? Are they silent assassins?
This is harder to tell, but there is some evidence...
But they found ~30 positive cases in 10,000 people
The CIs are too wide for inference about relative infection rates (compatible with 10x rates in any group)
Infection rates of 1-3% in children compared to 5% in adults in a Spanish study of >60,000 people
Hard to say. Some examples of children not spreading at all despite multiple exposures (>100 other children) but spreading other respiratory viruses
Children can get COVID19 so can almost certainly spread it
But, they are barely affected by infection, and appear less likely to catch or spread it than adults
Schools seem lower risk than adult work environments
But this is our new reality for the foreseeable future. We need to mitigate against the risks and ensure mechanisms for quick response (track/trace/isolate) are in place
Children suffer harm from lockdown