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Why the New Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children

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The new coronavirus has infected more than 28,000 people, and at least 563 have died. But relatively few children appear to have developed severe symptoms so far, according to the available data. “The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years,” according to a report published on Wednesday in JAMA. “Cases in children have been rare. ”So why aren’t more children getting sick? “My strong, educated guess is that younger people are getting infected, but they get the relatively milder disease,” said Dr. Malik Peiris, chief of virology at the University of Hong Kong, who has developed a diagnostic test for the new coronavirus. Scientists may not be seeing more infected children because “we don’t have data on the milder cases,” he said.

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