COVID-19 and Kids: Jury Still Out on Scope of Infection
Mild illness, family clusters seen in small study, but many questions remain
Little is known about how the COVID-19 coronavirus affects young children, and a small Chinese study provided few answers.
A research letter published in JAMA by Zhi-Jiang Zhang, MD, PhD, of Wuhan University, and colleagues examined nine infants with COVID-19, and found two commonalities in all cases: the illness seemed to be mild, and family clustering occurred for all infants, meaning all were from a household with at least one infected family member.
“This shows that infants are getting infected, but at least in this [study], all had mild illness. Some had no symptoms,” said Waleed Javaid, MD, director of Infection Prevention and Control at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City.