How does COVID-19 affect children and can they pass on the virus?

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Coronavirus is generally considered by scientists as an extremely infectious disease, however, different age groups may spread the virus more than others. According to new research, children play a far smaller role in transmitting the virus than adults, and there is no evidence that young kids can spread COVID-19 at all. With this in mind, Switzerland has announced it will allow children under ten to visit and come into contact with their grandparents again, with the Federal Office of Public Health claiming children pose “no risk” to the elderly but said contact should be kept brief.

Contact tracing conducted by the WHO has found children under 10 did not spread coronavirus, however, this does not mean that they cannot spread COVID-19. Contact tracing means to interview infected people to find out who they have been in touch with, in order to map the spread of the virus.

The study, conducted by the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, found the evidence “consistently demonstrates reduced infection and infectivity of children in the transmission chain”.

This week, it was discovered a nine-year-old boy who contracted the virus in Eastern France did not pass the virus on despite coming into contact with more than 170 people.

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