French Covid study: Kids less contagious than adults

A woman puts a face mask on a child. A French study has found that children are less likely to contract or spread Covid 19 than adults
France’s national health body Santé publique France has also confirmed that children make up only 1-5% Covid-19 cases, globally.

Children are less likely to be contaminated or to contaminate others with Covid-19, a French study of 605 children under the age of 15 has shown.

Children are at lower risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - which causes Covid-19 - results of a study conducted in France released yesterday (Thursday, June 4) show.

In the report (made available online at preprint server MedRxiv) Robert Cohen, coordinator of the research and paediatric infectious disease specialist, wrote: “Children seem less contaminated and less likely to contaminate.

“This illness [Covid-19] affects adults, essentially. The most serious forms and deaths occur almost exclusively in older people or those with additional conditions.”

France’s national health body Santé Publique France has also confirmed that children make up only 1-5% Covid-19 cases, globally.

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