What do we know about kids and COVID?

The coronavirus affects children much less than adults. But there are still lots of questions about how it affects them and what that means for the pandemic.

It’s still early July, but officials all over the state are already trying to figure out how, or whether, to open schools in the fall.

A part of that discussion is the question of how COVID-19 affects children, how much it affects them, and how much they can spread it to others.

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Rigorous scientific information is scarce, but there are some things we do know about kids and COVID-19, according to an article on

Among the things the article covers:

  • Children are less likely to contract the coronavirus
  • When they do, it tends to affect them much less severely than adults
  • Children can spread the virus, but are less likely to

The U.S. isn’t the only petri dish for researching how the disease impacts children. Every country in the world is handling COVID-19 differently, and scientists can track those differences and use the resulting data to better understand the virus.

For example, data from Denmark suggests teachers are not a high risk group despite working closely with children. However, Israel has had a different experience, with some schools leading to outbreaks.

You can read the full story here.

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