Far from children: Why are kids not getting as sick?

Posted by bibiliverbug @bibiliverbug, Mar 17 12:51pm

In Italy no child with the disease is treated in hospital. the virus goes further but kills the elderly and the sick. It is a sad behavior but we must stay away from everyone and especially from young people

You raise an interesting point, @bibiliverbug. In most cases, children testing positive for COVID-19 typically do not need hospitalization. This is not only in Italy. Children are getting infected with the disease and can spread it, but they do not get as sick as adults. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, offers some insight as to why in this article on Mayo Clinic News Network.
– Kids and COVID-19: Why they are not getting as sick https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kids-and-covid-19-why-they-are-not-getting-as-sick/

It is sad and really hard that at-risk and older people have to stay away from kids. This is really hard on grandparents who are devoted to their grandkids like @artscaping and @grandpabob to name a few. @sueinmn had some great suggestions in this post about staying connected with young people: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/supporting-those-in-hospitalcare-facilities-with-visitor-restrictions/?pg=1#comment-376032

Bibilverbug, are you separated from your kids and grandkids? Do you live alone?

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@colleenyoung

You raise an interesting point, @bibiliverbug. In most cases, children testing positive for COVID-19 typically do not need hospitalization. This is not only in Italy. Children are getting infected with the disease and can spread it, but they do not get as sick as adults. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, offers some insight as to why in this article on Mayo Clinic News Network.
– Kids and COVID-19: Why they are not getting as sick https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kids-and-covid-19-why-they-are-not-getting-as-sick/

It is sad and really hard that at-risk and older people have to stay away from kids. This is really hard on grandparents who are devoted to their grandkids like @artscaping and @grandpabob to name a few. @sueinmn had some great suggestions in this post about staying connected with young people: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/supporting-those-in-hospitalcare-facilities-with-visitor-restrictions/?pg=1#comment-376032

Bibilverbug, are you separated from your kids and grandkids? Do you live alone?

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Yes, I live alone in Rome. My girlfriend is dead in 2010 for breast cancer. My twenty years old son studies arts at Reggio Calabria. Here I have my transplant team at regional center in the same building of Spallanzani hospital, the referral italian national Institute for Covid-19

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Hi @bibiliverbug, how are you doing? We hear so much about COVID-19 in Italy. Have you been involved with people singing from their balconies? How do you stay in touch with your son? How is he doing?

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@bibiliverbug

Yes, I live alone in Rome. My girlfriend is dead in 2010 for breast cancer. My twenty years old son studies arts at Reggio Calabria. Here I have my transplant team at regional center in the same building of Spallanzani hospital, the referral italian national Institute for Covid-19

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Dear Bibliverbug, I also live alone and am also separated distance-wise from my one daughter and her family. Just know my thoughts are with you and yours and hope that you will keep us updated on how you are doing. Wishing you and yours the best.

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