Tuesday March 31, 2020

Children Rarely Have Severe Symptoms of COVID-19: Study

Children may get less sick from COVID-19, says a recent study

The term COVID-19 is used for the clinical disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, according to the authors. Pixabay

Amid the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus that has claimed over 5,000 lives globally, researchers have found that children rarely have severe symptoms when infected by COVID-19 and may even less likely to get the disease.

According to the review, published in the The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, like previous epidemic coronaviruses, COVID-19 seems to cause fewer symptoms and less severe disease in children compared to adults.

“There is some suggestion that children are just as likely as adults to become infected with the virus but are less likely to be unwell or develop severe symptoms,” said researchers Petra Zimmerman from University of Fribourg in Switzerland and Nigel Curtis from The University of Melbourne in Australia. “However, the importance of children in transmitting the virus remains uncertain,” Zimmerman added.

The term COVID-19 is used for the clinical disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, according to the authors. Over the past two decades, there have been three major disease outbreaks due to novel coronaviruses: SARS-CoV in 2002, MERS-CoV in 2012, and now SARS-CoV-2 in 2019.

Researchers have found that children rarely have severe symptoms when infected by COVID-19 and may even less likely to get the disease. Pixabay

Arising in the Chinese city of Wuhan, novel coronavirus spread rapidly around the world and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 appears similar to that of the related SARS and MERS coronaviruses, but with a lower fatality rate.

The novel coronavirus can still cause serious and life-threatening infections – particularly in older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. According to the researchers, children appear to have milder clinical symptoms than adults and to be at substantially lower risk of severe disease – which was also true in the SARS and MERS epidemics.

In Chinese data from February 2020, children and adolescents accounted for only two per cent of SARS-CoV-2 hospitalisations, the researchers wrote. However, as children are less frequently symptomatic and have less severe symptoms they are less often tested, which might lead to an underestimate of the true numbers infected. Also, children are less frequently exposed to the main sources of transmission.

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Based on Chinese data, most infected children recover one to two weeks after the onset of symptoms, and no deaths had been reported by February 2020, the researchers added. Most reported infections with SARS-CoV-2 have occurred in children with a documented household contact.

According to the researchers, children with COVID-19 may be more likely to develop gastrointestinal symptoms. So far, the deadly COVID-19 has infected 141,467 people and killed over 5,436 individuals globally. (IANS)

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Dealing with Stress Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Keep a check on your behavioural changes during the pandemic

Each individual reacts differently to a stressful situation. Besides these virus fear, there are various other factors that can lead to stress. Pixabay


The outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19 has created a stressful environment for all leading to worldwide psychological chaos. These fear and anxiety about the disease cause strong emotions in adults and children.

One needs to cope up with the stress to make yourself and the people you care about stronger. Each individual reacts differently to a stressful situation. Besides these virus fear, there are various other factors that can lead to stress. Dr Anju Sharma, psychiatrist and founder of the Musical Healing Band named “Sound of Infinity”, shares few things to keep in mind while spending time with your loved ones.

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Spending quality time with your family can help combat stress. Pixabay

Out of comfort zone – Each individual has come out of their comfort zone during this pandemic. A person who was habitual to his/her routine is now bound to change the routine. An office-goer whose daily routine was to get ready and go to office work with his colleagues and then back home is now at home. Even a housewife’s routine has changed with her kids and husband at home. During this time, a person tends to get a little frustrated and loses the temper. It is important to understand that each one is dealing with the changes and it is in our hand to accept the change and spend some quality time with them.

Increase in expectation – With more time at home, everyone is having more expectations from the other person. Please do understand that an individual will do only that he/she wants to do. Making them do something forcefully will only ruin the situation. For example, a husband who usually works for 8-9 hours only gets to communicate with his family for 1-2 hours, during his stay at home, will not be able to communicate with his family for 4-5 hours. He has been stimulated in that routine. Be happy and content with what the other person is doing for you. Having high expectations will only harm your mental peace.

Re-invent yourself – With every place being shut, humans don’t have anything to do. They cannot go to malls, no cinemas in the theater, no restaurant, no sight-seeing. This is the time when they have to realize what their hobbies are and invest your time in those activities. Those working from home will get some time off. One tends to get bored watching Netflix all the time or playing with play station, so at that time when you are bored analyze your interest and utilize the time in some creative pursuit.

Give yourself some personal space to be stress-free. Pixabay

Challenge for females– All the females out there are facing a hard time with their kids and family being at home. Females have to look after their office work, domestic work as well as look after their kids. Even a little help offered to the females can give a little relief. Men need to share the work so the environment at home goes smoothly.

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Give personal space – As we all are home, we are spending more time with our near and dear ones. But it is important to give them some personal space as well. Spending time 24*7 will create aggression and lead to a mental breakdown, therefore, allow them some private space to revive their emotional factors.

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Amidst the pandemic ensure you adhere to all the rules shared by our health institutes and follow social distancing. One more thing that we need to be very careful is of currency dealing. A currency has traveled across and passed through so many hands, therefore, it is highly important to wash your hand or at least sanitize it after you touch a currency. The world is changing and all these changes are indicating that it’s high time to bring the change within. With the changing outside world, you should welcome the change within.

For a relaxed environment, play soothing music or chant mantras to exhibit positive energy into the environment. Stay at home and stay safe. (IANS)