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Do kids transmit covid?

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MadameGazelleIsMyHomegirl Wed 13-May-20 12:46:00

Does anyone know of cases where kids have transmitted covid to adults or other kids? With schools reopening next month I’d like to know if anyone thinks their DC have passed the virus on to them, or if their DC caught it at school / nursery. Just interested if anecdotal experience supports what the govt are saying about kids not transmitting...

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DahliaDay Wed 13-May-20 12:47:30

We are told not

We will find out the hard way I guess

RoseyOldCrow Wed 13-May-20 13:01:23

It seems illogical that they wouldn't, if they have the virus within their body.

CurlyEndive Wed 13-May-20 13:06:26

Some research shows they don't get or transmit the virus because they don't have ACE receptors.

Camomila Wed 13-May-20 13:25:17

My anecdotal experience is that my 4 (then 3) year old got a cough and a temperature at the beginning of March, and a week later (without leaving the house) I got the full spectrum of symptoms (cough, temperature, shortness if breath, chest pains)

majesticallyawkward Wed 13-May-20 13:33:30

I think I read the latest research showed children can have/carry and shed the virus but at the same rate as as adults. As in you are no more likely to catch it from a child than an adult but most children have very mild symptoms if any.

As long as children are practising hygiene and social distancing where possible they pose no higher risk than an adult in the same position.

noego Wed 13-May-20 15:48:08

I heard the CMO say this on Sunday at the 7.00 pm briefing that children cannot get covid 19 or more precisely he said highly unlikely yet 95 kids in New York have contracted a respiratory infection that could be linked to covid 19.
These cases are being investigated bt a team of 7 clinicians and hopefully the results will be publicised soon.
I also haven't heard what happened to the similar cases reported in the UK about a month or so ago.

MadameGazelleIsMyHomegirl Wed 13-May-20 22:06:15

Thanks for your interesting replies and experiences. It does feel a bit nuts that kids will be back in school when their ability to pass it on or catch it just hasn’t really been thoroughly investigated. Of the families I know who’ve had it, most seems to have been caught by parents and passed to kids in the family rather than the other way round.

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Siriusmew Wed 13-May-20 22:08:46

I heard the CMO say this on Sunday at the 7.00 pm briefing that children cannot get covid 19 or more precisely he said highly unlikely

He didn't say this. He said they were less likely to suffer as badly as adults.

Bluntness100 Wed 13-May-20 22:10:42

It appears the science is proving that they don’t spread it.

There is an apparant complication with kids who have kawaski disease but the link to Covid is unproven and some scare mongering in the press, it has not been fatal to any child.

excitedmumtobe87 Wed 13-May-20 22:19:49

Some think yes. Some think no. Scientists have no idea for sure yet

It’s indelibly difficult to measure. If children have no or mild symptoms they don’t have been tested so how do we know if they gave it to the adult. Or if the adult got it elsewhere from another adult.

People say hardly any kids get it then in the next breath they’re certain there are enough case studies to know one way or another.

The cso himself cagily said they might or they might not and a lot of people interpreted that the way they wanted to.

We don’t know.

avroroad Wed 13-May-20 22:20:35

Kids have died of this?

excitedmumtobe87 Wed 13-May-20 22:20:55

Incredibly not indelibly!

Siriusmew Wed 13-May-20 22:21:57 It was fatal to this child @Bluntness100

excitedmumtobe87 Wed 13-May-20 22:22:12


Children have died from Covid and the new complication

mac12 Wed 13-May-20 22:23:24

Sorry @Bluntness100 but that’s not correct. The syndrome, now called PIMS-TS, has similarities to Kawasaki disease. If you read the Lancet study of some of the cases, most had no co-morbodities. Now more than 100 cases in U.K., a 14 year old has died. Cases also reported in US (over 80 in NYC) Italy, Netherlands. It appears to come on about 4 weeks after COVID19 infection, which may itself have been v mild in the child but which then causes this inflammatory disorder which has similarities with Kawasaki & toxic shock syndrome. Obviously much more research needed.

Siriusmew Wed 13-May-20 22:24:56

I pinched this from another thread.

On the 30th April, The Lancet published an article that used data from China that children under 10 both catch and pass on Covid 19 at the same rate, in fact a little bit higher than adults. Since then, other studies have shown similar outcomes.

ALifeDesign Wed 13-May-20 22:25:34

One of my best friends is a children's nurse in a children's hospital. They are in the children's corona ward. Children do get it.

The admission rate for children is nothing like adults however. Although I appreciate this is one hospital in one uk city.

WithASpider Wed 13-May-20 22:31:12

I believe my DS (10) caught it. He had an awful cough and a temp of 39+ for a week. He gave it to me and I had almost the full spectrum of symptoms. Thankfully fairly mildly although I'm still having mild breathing issues nearly 4 weeks later.
Dd2 (14) caught it from me, same symptoms as DS.

greathat Wed 13-May-20 22:42:00

There was a study that said they didn't. Subsequent studies have shown they do, they think at a similar rate to adults.

effingterrified Wed 13-May-20 22:44:12

Yes, at my dc's school lots of dcs caught it and spread it around.

effingterrified Wed 13-May-20 22:45:55

There's been research showing that areas where schools locked down earliest and longest have had lowest mortality rates.

Also from previous pandemics.

Of course kids catch it and spread it around. Kids don't live on their own and aren't very good at social distancing or hygiene.

Janaih Wed 13-May-20 22:48:24

I know its before it kicked off but I'm convinced my 3 year old had it in February. High temperature, constant cough but not chesty, struggling to breathe at times, wiped out for 3 weeks. Doctor said it was a viral infection. Neither me nor dh caught it.

ChasingRainbows19 Wed 13-May-20 22:52:26

I work in a children's ward. Very few of us have caught it. Which if they were super spreading it back in Feb/March we would have had more staff catching it and being ill. No matter how good your hand hygiene etc children love to cough or sneeze in your face. We weren't wearing masks for everyone early on.

Research is on going but I believe children May have atypical symptoms or non at all, also can show digestive symptoms not obvious to the known Covid symptoms like temp/cough. And yes the Kawasaki like post covid infection/reaction is very real. Rare but some children have been affected by it in the UK and it's been recorded elsewhere.

PinkyAndTheBrian Wed 13-May-20 22:56:12

Schools have been shut for weeks now.
If children spread it we're surely not in a position to know that for sure?

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