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Covid is typically mild in kids, says US study, and SA figures back it up

‘But those with chronic conditions and minority ethnicity are more likely to be at risk of developing severe disease’

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Covid-19 is typically mild in children, with only 7% — out of 4% of those who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the US — developing more severe disease, a major study published on Monday has found.

Paediatric infectious disease specialist Dr James Nuttall, from Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, said: “On the face of it, that is exactly the experience in the majority of our cases: the children have clinically mild illness.

“At its peak, the admitted cases of children with positive results for SARS-CoV-2 were often coming to hospital for other medical problems, such appendicitis or trauma, seemingly unrelated to the virus.”..

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