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Children can transmit the COVID-19 virus

by Pascale Rioux - June 18, 2020  36 Views
Children can transmit the COVID-19 virus

Switzerland's head of infectious diseases, Dr. Daniel Koch, recently indicated that healthy children up to 10 years of age would not be at risk of contracting COVID-19 and infecting the elderly. He also indicated that there would be nothing to fear if children come into physical contact with elderly people, such as their grandparents. Daniel Koch's statement is inaccurate.

Distinction between contraction, transmission, and severity of the disease 

To understand our verdict, it is important to distinguish between the concepts of contraction, transmission, and effects of the disease. Indeed, based on statistics from around the world, national and international health authorities agree that children can get COVID-19 (contraction), spread it to others (transmission), but appear to be less affected (effects) by the disease than the elderly or those with underlying chronic diseases.

In its press conference of 29 April 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that

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