COVID19 Third Wave: Will it Affect Children?

July 5, 2021

This is the common query among most of the parents as many media reports are suggesting that COVID19’s third wave will severely affect children.

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), due to severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus -2 (SARS CoV 2) infection is the biggest public health crisis of recent times. Wherein elderly tend to have severe disease, children are relatively spared till date.

Why children seem to be less affected by COVID-19 compared to older age group?

Following scientific evidence presently available suggest that it may not affect the children as predicted by a few media reports.

Immune systems of children and adults are different both with respect to their composition and functional responsiveness.

Looking at studies on various respiratory viruses, children were less susceptible to coronavirus group of infections like SARS CoV-1 (severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus-1), MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) as compared to other viruses like influenza and RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus).

Covid-19 virus, enters our body through mouth and nose. There are protective mechanisms in children which do not allow the virus to enter easily and damage the lungs as it does in adults.

Trained immunity due to routine live vaccines against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza and frequent viral infections, could be an important protective mechanism against SARS-CoV-2 infection in children.

BCG vaccination is associated with reduced viral infections, decrease in acute upper respiratory infection (URI) in elders and decreased mortality in under-5 children, but the protective effect of BCG against infections is unlikely to last beyond 1-2 years.

As coronavirus infections are common causes of URI (upper respiratory tract infections) in children, antibodies produced against other coronavirus infections can be protective against SARS-CoV-2.

Excellent regeneration capacity of paediatric alveolar epithelium (lung) could explain overall less severity and early recovery of COVID-19 in children compared to elderly patients.

Children less frequently have risk factors such as co-morbidities, smoking and obesity.

Spread of infection among children can easily be controlled by early closure of schools and day-care centres.

Fewer children were admitted to hospital and intensive care units (ICU) in the first two waves. It is only 0.1% children compared to overall 2.27% mortality among adults.

Due to greater upper airway resistance in children, aerosol particle deposit more in tracheobronchial tree than alveoli. This could lead to more bronchiolitis like infections and less pneumonia with SARS-CoV-2 infection in children.

Most of the infection among children, spread from infected adult family members. Among studies of household contacts, odds of infection in children were significantly less than elderly and gradually increasing with age.

These findings suggest that overall children are less affected and have milder illness than adults.

Most of the children recover following initial short flu like illness without progressing to critical phase.

Which children can be at risk?

Following group of children can be at risk. Parents need to take care of these children with utmost care till the pandemic is over.

Infants (children less than one year) with presence of prematurity, co-existing heart disease and recurrent uncontrolled wheezing.

Children with Neurological disorders, kidney diseases, pulmonary disorders including asthma, genetic disorders and cardiac diseases.

Children on immunosuppressive medication

Second hand smoking (passive smoking) could be a risk factor for children.

Ways to protect our children

Vaccination against COVID-19 of adults and children is the only key to prevent this disease.

At present, only adolescents above 18 years are recommended to be vaccinated as per the national guidelines. There are vaccine trials approved for children above 2 years. Hopefully, we will be able to vaccinate these children in the near future.

Proper use of masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and avoiding closed gathering including family functions are the best practices which should be followed strictly till this pandemic gets over.

Continue routine vaccination of your children as per the schedule, which will keep their immunity in robust status. Do not delay.

Avoid self-medicating your kids, always consult your doctor even in case of mild symptoms.

The possibility of a change in spectrum of paediatric diseases, as the pandemic evolves further, should also be kept in mind while upgrading our health infrastructure.

We can fight this pandemic together with knowledge and not fear.

 

 

 

 

By Dr (Major) Rajesh S M
Dr (Major) Rajesh.SM is a professor and unit head in the department of paediatrics at KMC, Mangaluru.
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Comment on this article

  • Dev, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 09 2021

    @John, Good News is Nuremberg Trials have been initiated from 4th July. This will end evil designs of evil elites.

  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 09 2021

    Please refer the previous comments on globalist elites, communist chinese and BigPharma's evil plans for humanity and for Vax side effects healing if any, including doctors....and Specially to those young and old who are looking for Divine healing touch for virus or vaccination side effects if any, thousands of Covid 19 healings as per testimonies received by Gifted and Anointed Priest Fr Dr Jose Vettiyankal of Logos Retreat Centre, Bangalore who conducts free online healing prayer service everyday between 15:00 to 16:30 for all faiths, including doctors and hopeless cases. Also he blesses the Holy Oil, water, salt for healing, online. Following video of previous service https://youtube.com/watch?v=Lu1gjV_zJoE

  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 09 2021

    Spike protein vaccines are deadly ? Following recent Divine message and world-renown German-Thai-American microbiologist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi warns so.... Divine message on spike protein can destroy people's immune system in a message John Leary dated Thursday, July 1, 2021: (Message mainly to american but also rest of the faithful or believers)... Jesus said: “My people, I am reminding you of Satan’s goal to kill as many people as he can because he hates man. The one world people have a goal to reduce the population of the world from seven billion down to five hundred million people. They have chosen to use viruses and vaccines to kill a lot of people. The Covid-19 virus has killed a large number of people, but the big goal is to use vaccines to kill even more people by their bioweapon to use the spike protein to destroy people’s immune system. You have seen some deaths and complications from the vaccinated people, but the media are trying to keep this quiet. The vaccinated people will be dying in large numbers as time goes on. Be prepared to help heal the vaccinated people with My Good Friday oil, and the exorcism water with the miraculous medal.”............ Following Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi's warning..... "In this exclusive interview with The New American magazine’s Senior Editor Alex Newman, world-renown German-Thai-American microbiologist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi warns that the COVID hysteria is based on lies and that the COVID “vaccines” are set to cause a global catastrophe and a decimation of the human population..." A 39 minute video interview at https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/german-microbiologist-they-are-killing-people-with-these-covid-vaccines-to-reduce-the-worlds-population/

  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 08 2021

    Vaccine Karma...? "Tens of Thousands of COVID-19 “Vaccine” Injured in the U.S. Begging for Help as the Medical Community Turns Their Back on Them...." Report at https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/tens-of-thousands-of-covid-19-vaccine-injured-in-the-u-s-begging-for-help-as-the-medical-community-turns-their-back-on-them/

  • Dev, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 06 2021

    @ John & Melroy, Yes experimental drugs including Remdesivir caused more deaths than seasonal flu like corona. And all the adverse drug reactions from experimental administration of medicines were blamed on Covid. Dr Raju himself has stated this last year itself and he too warned against use of vaccines and medicines which triggers mutations in viruses. German doctor in Gates Foundation too has called WHO and many countries to stop vaccine drives for this reason itself. Many doctors and scientists have joined forces to initiate international judiciary court to try the main culprits like Bill Gates, WHO and fake pandemic creators like Dr Fauci, some mysterious deaths can be expected to cover up their crimes. Waiting for that D Day.

  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 06 2021

    I have received reliable report from a person. His family, friends, neighbours ,who are said to have been diagnosed with COVID , were all administered Ivermectin. I am told that it is been administered like Cadbury chocolates by many doctors. These people ended up with blood clots, some died, almost all are being hospitalised. COVID is being blamed for all the experimentation being done on the human guinea pigs. They then end up paying 3 lakh per person for a 15 day period without any ICU or O2 , that too in small time hospitals. As far as vaccines are concerned- young or old - they should not be forced on anybody without their educated and express approval.

  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 06 2021

    Dev, Indian Bar Association seems pursuing following legal action more against WHO, more info on their covid 19 section.... "The Indian Bar Association has warned action under section 302 etc. of the Indian Penal Code against Dr. Soumya Swaminathan& others, for murder of each person dying due to obstruction in treatment of COVID-19 patient effectively by Ivermectin. Punishment under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code is death penalty or life imprisonment. After receiving the said notice, Dr. Soumya Swaminathanwent on the back foot and deleted her tweet."... Ref: https://indianbarassociation.in/indian-bar-associationiba-vs-dr-soumyaswaminathan/

  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 05 2021

    But these covid waves are artificially created ? Or Infections have increased after vaccinations ? For pushing or to sell billions of vaccines worldwide using fear of virus death tactics ? Following attached link report on health impact news on it by a French Medical Doctor: COVID-19 Injections Increasing DEATHS and New Infections – The Evidence is Overwhelming... Ref: https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/french-medical-doctor-covid-19-injections-increasing-deaths-and-new-infections-the-evidence-is-overwhelming/

  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 05 2021

    First time a doctor has allayed fears on the basis of scientific evidence. But I always don't agree with vaccinating children as they are at no danger by the present respiratory tract infections. Even for adults with 99.997% recovery rate unproven experimental vaccines aren't the answer but enhancing natural immune system is the only proven solution while protection of vulnerable must be the priority. Open schools and colleges without any mask mandates or vaccines and see the pandemic hoax getting evaporate in no time as in those countries which are open without any lockdowns and authoritarian enforcements.

  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 05 2021

    We can fight this pandemic together with knowledge and not fear. Thank you Dr (Major) Rajesh S M for your reasoned balanced write-up.


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