The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that children can as well be infected by coronavirus disease.
For that, WHO had called on governments and caregivers to be just as keen in assessing cases in this demographic group.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Agency had reviewed and updated an earlier directive regarding the status of infection following reported deaths of children.
WHO had reported that in China only a few children were infected and had recovered with mild symptoms. This worried many parents on how children, who often come into contact with many types of germs, were going to survive the outbreak.
Dr Ghebreyesus said in a WHO daily press briefing that he was concerned for children who has the virus in poorer nations.
“This is a serious disease. Although the evidence we had earlier suggested that those over 60 are at highest risk, young people including children have died from the disease. WHO has issued new clinical guidance with specific details on how to take care of children, older people and expectant women, ” said Dr Ghebreyesus.
“As the virus moves to low income countries, we are deeply concerned about the impact among populations of malnourished children and those with high HIV and Aids prevalence.
That is why we are calling on every country and individual to do everything they can to stop transmission, ” he appealed.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious diseases epidemiologist with the WHO, said that, “What we know from the evidence we have gathered is that children are susceptible to this virus”.
She added that the children seem to be infected mostly in terms of symptomatic infections and in terms of infections they’re lower than those of adults. She further insisted that this trend is the opposite of what we would see with influenza.