Covid-19: Latest evidence on which children are most at risk of severe illness

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Evidence gathered over the past year indicates that Covid-19 affects children less severely than adults. This, however, doesn't mean children are immune to the virus, and in a small percentage of cases they can become gravely ill and even die from the disease.

As scientists continue to tease out the finer details and begin to understand children's immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a team of researchers from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say they've figured out which children are more prone to severe illness, if they contract Covid-19.

According to their paper, published in JAMA Open Network, children with certain underlying medical conditions, as well as complex chronic illnesses are at higher risk for severe infection than those without these conditions or illnesses.

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