India COVID-19: New variants of corona dangerous for children

The impact of the first wave of corona infection on children and adolescents was negligible, but the second wave is proving to be dangerous for them. A large number of innocent and teenage corona are getting infected. Schools opened after a long time with precautions, but they had to be closed again due to increasing infection. Children getting infected with corona is more worrying for the society and the country, because till now the vaccine has not come for them. Let us know why children are falling prey to corona infection during the second wave and how they can be kept safe.

does age make a difference

Experts say that there is no longer an age limit for Kovid infection. A child or adolescent of any age from one to 16 years can get corona infection. There have also been cases where the newborn has also been found to be corona infected. The corona virus had reached the child from the mother at the time of birth. Now if there is room for difference, it is the severity of the disease. Children who have weak immunity and are suffering from serious illness may face more complications after corona infection.

Corona can spread from children

Many studies indicate that children can spread corona infection. Since most children show mild symptoms of corona infection, they can be considered as silent spreaders of the virus. At this time when the cases of corona infection are increasing very fast, many experts believe that children can be super spreaders of the virus and they can infect adults too.

Symptoms of the disease are different from adults

The corona virus does not leave the same type of symptoms in two people. This also applies to children. Experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) say that the symptoms of corona infection in children are different from adults. However, many symptoms of corona infection are like other infections, so parents need to be very cautious. In children, the symptoms of the infection appear in a very mild form, but they can suffer for a long time. Therefore, it is important that even if children have mild fever, they must be seen by the doctor. Other symptoms include abdominal infection, body pain, muscle pain, runny nose, etc. Such symptoms can also appear in the newborn.

Vaccine has not come for innocent and teenagers yet, have to be more cautious

Experts say that there is a need to be more vigilant about the safety of children because no vaccine has come for them yet. On the other hand, the genetic code of the corona virus has undergone several changes and new variants have been able to trick antibodies and the immune system. Virus-associated spike proteins have also become invasive. That’s why new variants of the corona virus are spreading more rapidly. Experts believe that the more mutations there are in the corona virus and the more new variants that come, the more the risk to children will increase. For example, children and adolescents under the age of 16 are at higher risk of contracting the double mutant variant from India.

What to do if infection is confirmed

Experts say that if you see symptoms of corona infection in your child, then immediately send him to isolation and get him tested. In most children, the effect of corona infection is less and they recover quickly even at home. It is a little difficult for parents to leave their children alone. In such a situation, use two facemasks and gloves before going to the child’s room. Maintain a distance of at least two meters during the conversation.

Higher risk from these variants

In the early stages, it was found that children are less prone to corona infection than adults. They are also less prone to comorbidities. But, the second wave of Corona has demolished this notion. Experts say that the B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.617 (India) variants are more dangerous for children. These variants have now spread widely in the country.

get into the habit of wearing a mask

Ask children to wear masks whenever they step out of the house. Make it a habit to wash or sanitize your hands frequently. For the time being, refrain from sending it to public places like parks etc.

What is MIS-C

This is a rare complication associated with COVID-19, called multisystem inflammatory syndrome. When children recover from corona, then this complication can arise in them. Its common symptoms include shortness of breath, confusion, and body aches.