Children as young as two months old contracting the viral disease. Worryingly, many of them are now turning symptomatic.
Dr Dhiren Gupta, a paediatrician at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in India said that children are now approaching with complaints of high-grade fever, headache, gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea etc. “I’ve seen infants as young as 2 month-old contracting Covid with symptoms,” he said.He also estimated that positivity among children has also increased by around 50pc in his hospital.
Dr Ashutosh Sinha, additional director, paediatrics, Fortis Hospital, Noida said that positivity in the children is now comparable to adults.
However, the silver lining amid the worrying scenario is that almost all the cases in children are manageable at home and recovery is also quick.
“We are not seeing hospitalisation among the children since their disease is limited to mild in nature and they also tend to recover within a week,” Gupta said.
“Though their (children) caseload is still low and severity of the infection is also mild, we still have to remain very cautious so that situation doesn’t deteriorate because that will lead to a catastrophe,” he cautioned.
The experts are attributing several reasons behind the rise in infectiousness of the SARS-CoV-2 and increasing symptoms among the children. The reasons range from laxity, high mobility to the effect of mutant strains.Meanwhile, Gupta said that a genomic sequencing study is required to assess the actual cause behind the spurt in children.
“When the whole population is affected, one can not assume that the children will remain safe. Besides, it is hard to disciple children to inculcate Covid appropriate behaviour like masking and social distancing. However, the symptoms arriving in them should be investigated. Genomic sequencing may answer this,” he suggested.