As schools nationwide are preparing to reopen this fall, it's important to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affects children.
Usually, adults have a higher risk of contracting the virus than children. Adults make up nearly 95% of reported COVID-19 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health experts say children are less likely to catch the virus. Even if they do get the virus, they generally show mild symptoms.
As of July 21, 6.6% of reported COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1% of COVID-19-related deaths are among those under age 18 in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Although there appears to be less COVID-19 cases and deaths among children, health experts say anyone with underlying medical conditions can heighten their risk of illness from the virus.
Some of the conditions include:
- lung disease
- heart conditions
- kidney disease
- liver disease
To avoid getting sick, make sure children get into habits like washing their hands, avoiding touching their face, and practicing social distancing. If your child does become sick, then make sure they stay at home and seek medical attention when needed.
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