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Saturday, 8 August 2020

Day 145 of self-isolation - Why aren't children dying of Covid-19?

 Why aren't children dying of Covid-19?

A few are. But not many. And although we are grateful for this mercy, we don't seem to have worked out why.

I can think of two things. The first is that they have been exposed to fewer viruses in their shorter lives, than an adult that is several time older. The other thing is that children have been more recently vaccinated against various diseases than adults.

Although some people have said that children are immune - they are not. They are infected by  the virus, but show light symptoms, or even none, but they are still infected, and can pass the virus on to parents and grandparents. Which is why we have to be careful about reopening schools.

But why aren't the children dying? We need to urgently investigate this, because perhaps children have something that adults don't have, and maybe it's something that adults could make use of.

I can think of two things. The first is that they have been exposed to fewer viruses in their shorter lives, than an adult that is several times older. The other thing is that children have been more recently vaccinated against various diseases than adults.

I get the flu shot each year, but I got the usual range of vaccinations so long ago, I can't remember. Maybe one of those vaccinations is also giving them protection against Covid-19? I don't know.

But maybe it would be helpful to find out.


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