Some evidence shows children could be Covid spreaders: ICMR – india news


There is some evidence which shows that children who were earlier considered safe against coronavirus infection can also be “spreaders, reasonably than super-spreaders”, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the coronavirus infection spread in the country among children, Bhargava said tat overall the figure in India is that below the age of 17 years, only 8 per cent are Covid-19 positive.

“Below five years, the figure would probably be less than a per cent but then we will come back with a figure for this,” he said.  In response to a question over surge in cases among children in Mizoram,  there are 315 active coronavirus cases in the state as on date.  Over Kawasaki disease and presumably a link with Covid-19, Bhargava said India so far has not reported any cases of Kawasaki disease among Covid-19 patients.

Kawasaki is an auto-immune disease that is affecting children who are less than five years of age and presents with fever, Thrombocytosis and a condition in which the arteries of the heart transform dilated and aneurysm. So it is a infrequent condition which affects more males than females. The disease is more common in the USA and no more common in India, Bhargava said at a press briefing.

“This has been described with Covid-19 in different parts of the world. I don’t think we have had any experience of Kawasaki with Covid-19 in India so far. This is a very infrequent condition. “Having said that we need to keep in mind that it affects small children and the arteries of the heart get dilated and clots can form in that and it may end up in heart attacks and will also be harmful for the child,” he said.

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