Initial data analysis suggests that children are less from the corona virus Sars-CoV-2 are affected as adults. Researchers led by Kári Stefánsson from the Icelandic company deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik examined around 13,000 people in population-based tests. 0.6 percent of the women and 0.9 percent of the men were infected. There was not a single positive result in children under the age of 10, and it was 0.8 percent in people aged 10 and over, according to the journal New England Journal of Medicine.
Iceland had taken measures to ban the spread of the virus, such as banning meetings with more than 20 participants, but schools and kindergartens remained largely open with restrictions.
Contagion risks still difficult to assess
Previously, other analyzes had indicated a comparatively low participation of children in the infection process. Children have only a very small proportion of the Covid 19 cases recorded, according to the EU health authority ECDC. Only around one percent of the cases are recorded in children under 10 years, four percent in 10- to 19-year-olds. Children seem just as likely to be infected as adults, but have a much lower risk than adults of developing symptoms or becoming seriously ill. There are still uncertainties regarding the extent to which infected children with little or no symptoms can infect other people.
In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) compared Covid-19 to influenza, saying that unlike the flu, children in the corona pandemic are unlikely to be significant drivers of transmission. Initial evaluations had shown that children are less affected than adults and rarely develop clear symptoms. Preliminary data also suggested that children are primarily infected by adults. In addition, adults may not be infected by children.