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Healthy kids are rebounding from COVID-19: international expert

Last Updated Mar 11, 2020 at 5:17 am PDT

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Summary

An international expert believes children who do catch COVID-19 do not appear to be getting as ill as adults

It's still not clear exactly why children are able to recover faster than seniors when it comes to COVID-19

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – It’s not that kids aren’t getting COVID-19.

They are, but healthy kids seem to be rebounding.

Doctor Camille Sabella is the Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic.

He says while children are often as vulnerable as the elderly to flu viruses, they’re seeing a different story when it comes to COVID-19 and healthy children.

“Even the very young kids that we have from China, who were very young generally did very well,” he says. “Exactly why that is happening. I don’t think we have a good feel for that right now.”

There are theories of why so far but data from China shows healthy kids aren’t getting sick but do get the virus.

“Children may not be having severe symptoms, but they certainly may be reservoirs,” Sabella says.”They certainly do get infected. They certainly can transmit the virus just like any other virus.”

Sabella says children with prior conditions who are immune-suppressed are still at risk and parents of those kids need to make decisions with their doctors, but healthy kids might not even feel ill if they contract the virus.