Australian children avoid the deadly corona virus thanks to their robust immune system and healthy, young lungs, experts said.
In news that is likely to be welcomed by my thousands of parents, young people show remarkably mild symptoms of the disease – less than 1 percent of cases.
The killer strain of the corona virus has killed more than 3,100 people worldwide and infected 41 people in Australia – including only one child.
But children’s immune systems are strong, with their young lungs not yet affected by pollutants or smoking, and usually have no underlying health problems.
This means that if they get the virus, they probably won’t get sick of it – and probably show no symptoms at all.
Health authorities have confirmed that children can fight coronavirus much more easily than adults, and show much milder symptoms (stock image)
Young tourists wear medical masks in Rome (Italy) (pictured) during the coronavirus outbreak
It is the same with other infectious diseases, such as chickenpox or measles, where the older a person is, the more severe the disease.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the news would serve as an “important reassurance” for families.
“One of the most important reassurances for families is the evidence we have about limited portability to children,” he said.
“That’s very important for families and parents, and then the mild impact on those kids on the evidence around the world.”
A new case in Victoria on Wednesday brought the number of infected people in Australia to 41
WHAT SYMPTOMS GETS CHILDREN?
Chinese doctors report infected children often have cough, stuffy nose, runny nose, diarrhea and headache.
But less than half of the children have a fever and many have no symptoms at all.
Of the children and teenagers who contracted COVID-19 in China, the majority had mild infections and recovered within fourteen days.
Even babies only had mild infections.
Now officially known as COVID-19, the virus has infected more than 90,000 people worldwide.
But of the approximately 44,000 cases in China, the epicenter of the disease, fewer than 1 percent are children nine years of age or younger.
Although more than 3,100 people have died, this does not include children.
“One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decrease in immune function,” a researcher found in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
‘Although the elderly are by no means immunodeficient, they often do not respond efficiently to new or previously found antigens.
Health Minister Greg Hunt (photo, left) and Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy (right) said that children are at a lower risk of suffering from the virus
“This is illustrated by the increased vulnerability of people aged 70 and older to flu.”
Children also show much milder symptoms, such as a runny nose or cough.
“I thank evidence all over the world that when children are infected, they are incredibly mild, in fact so mild that they have almost no symptoms,” said Australia’s chief health officer, Brendan Murphy.
“The only child we have infected in Australia meets those criteria.
“We are not entirely sure to what extent they get the virus, but we do know that symptomatic significant disease is not a feature and we have received very few indications of a significant problem in children.
South Korean soldiers in protective equipment spray disinfectant at a train station in Daegu in the south of the country on Saturday (photo)
‘And that is very different from flu, where we often have a few pretty sick children. So that’s a good positive message. “
Proofessor Robert Booy of the National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance added: “Those children who have contracted the virus abroad only have mild symptoms such as fever and upper respiratory tract symptoms,” he said.
“In adults, they react quite violently because they may have seen a previous coronavirus infection and the immune system has been set up to react inappropriately and excessively.”
A similar phenomenon was evident during the SARS outbreak in 2002.
Passengers (photo) wear protective face masks at Brisbane International Airport in January as the corona virus threatens to sweep through Australia
Even in the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Wuhan, China (photo), a small number of children get the disease – and none have died yet
No children or teenagers died from the disease, which also originated in China, and had much lower infections.
“One of the interesting things about this virus is the very small number of children that appear to be infected, certainly in the Chinese experience,” Mr. Murphy added.
“That means that children are not particularly susceptible, or that if they do, they get such a mild disease that it has not been discovered.
“Whatever the reason, that’s a good thing and we haven’t seen much evidence of serious infections in children.”
Only one child has contracted the virus in Australia and shows remarkably mild symptoms (stock image)
Researchers from the Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study (MISMS) discovered that there can be many reasons why children prevent them from getting the disease.
They discovered that a large number of cases are found in people who travel internationally, who are more adults than children.
But more importantly, the severity of the virus is associated with the presence of chronic conditions – which are more common in adults.
A detailed analysis by MISMS experts showed that even in one Chinese household where five members of the same family had a corona virus in Wuhan, a 10-year-old in the same family remained asymptomatic.
The coronavirus (photo) has so far infected 41 people in Australia and more than 92,000 worldwide
But experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned that, like with other respiratory diseases, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of serious infections.
This includes young people with underlying health problems.
Researchers at the epicenter of the virus in Wuhan suggested that the virus cannot pass from pregnant women to fetuses.
The study, published in the Lancet, evaluated nine pregnant women who had coronavirus.
All women were in their third trimester and gave birth via caesarean section – but no one passed on the virus to their child.
Scientists took samples from amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, breast milk and neonatal throat smears, and all were found to contain no traces of the virus.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA CLIMB TO 41
NEW SOUTH WALES: 15
Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, contracted the disease.
Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
They were treated isolated at Westmead Hospital.
A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented 24 hours later to the emergency department after developing flu-like symptoms.
A man in his forties is confirmed as the fifth coronavirus case in the state and a woman in her fifties as the sixth. Both returned from Sydney to Sydney.
The 41-year-old sister of a man who had returned from Iran with the disease was one of three confirmed cases. The second locally acquired case was a 53-year-old male health professional who had not traveled for many months.
The other new case is a 31-year-old man who flew from Iran to Sydney on Saturday and developed symptoms 24 hours later.
Six more cases are confirmed in NSW. They include a 39-year-old man who had flown in from Iran and one 53-year-old man who arrived from Singapore last Friday.
Two women in their sixties who arrived in South Korea and Japan in Sydney, were also confirmed.
A man in his thirties who returned from Malaysia to Sydney on Malindo Air flight OD171 on March 1 was also found infected.
A 50-year-old woman is diagnosed with coronavirus. The woman is a caregiver in a nursing home in Macquarie Park in northern Sydney. She had not been abroad and contracted the virus in Australia.
A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
He was quarantined at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center.
A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus.
Two passengers left positively from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test.
Another passenger who was taken off the cruise ship tested positive.
Victorian man confirmed to have corona virus after the 78-year-old was evacuated from a quarantine center in Darwin to Melbourne.
It has been confirmed that a Victorian woman in her thirties has been tested positive for coronavirus after a flight from Malaysia to Melbourne via Indonesia.
4th of March
Victorian man in his thirties confirmed coronavirus after returning from Iran. Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the man was “almost symptom-free” after self-isolation
QUEEN COUNTRY: 10
Queensland confirms its first case after the virus was diagnosed with a 44-year-old Chinese national. He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
An eight-year-old boy was diagnosed with coronavirus. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from.
A 37-year-old man, who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast, also tested positive.
A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with coronavirus from the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27.
Two Queensland women, 54 and 55 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 and are flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tested positive for the virus.
A 63-year-old woman got the virus after she returned to the Gold Coast from Iran.
A 20-year-old man from China was confirmed as the tenth person to be infected by the corona virus in Queensland. The man had traveled to Dubai for at least 14 days before entering Australia via Brisbane on February 23.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 3
A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.
A 24-year-old woman from South Australia was transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 2
A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. On 28 February he was admitted to intensive care in a ‘serious’ condition and died later.
The older man died of the virus in the Sir Charles Gairdner hospital in the early morning hours.
The man who traveled from Iran to Australia on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.