Yasemin Saplakoglu

Since children make up only a sliver of known cases of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, not as much is known about the effects of the virus on this population. But more and more data, such as a new case report describing five children hospitalized with COVID-19 with non-respiratory symptoms, suggests that the virus can affect children in unexpected ways.

“We don’t know everything about this virus and we really better be very careful, particularly when it comes to children,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said yesterday (May 12) during the question-and-answer portion of his testimony to the U.S. Senate Health Committee. “I think we better be careful [that] we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune of the deleterious effects.”

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