Corona seems to spare small children

Children are less likely to become infected with the coronavirus compared to their parents. These are the first results of a study from Baden-Württemberg. The researchers from four universities examined almost 2500 children under the age of ten and a mother or father without symptoms for the virus and for antibodies. Scientists, Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and Minister of Culture Susanne Eisenmann have now presented the evaluation of the study.

The result ensures that healthy children can go to daycare centers and elementary schools starting Monday, June 29th. There is no compulsory schooling until the summer holidays. Parents can informally inform the school if they do not want to send their children to school – for example, if one parent part of a risk group. Among other things, it depends on the personnel situation and the spatial conditions on site, and how the opening of daycare centers or primary schools is regulated in detail.

The University of Tübingen was also involved in the children’s study on behalf of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Between April 22nd and May 15th, the scientists examined almost 5000 test participants nationwide – including some from the district of Tübingen. They found that only one parent and their child were infected. 64 people tested had antibodies: 45 adults and 19 children. In the one to five-year olds, only seven out of 1122 children, and in the six to ten-year olds twelve of 1358 children had antibodies against the virus. The researchers do not yet know why.

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Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 25.06.2020

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