Health Desk- 17 Sep 2020: Since the beginning of the pandemic, understanding how COVID-19 affects children has been a priority issue, said WHO Director-General in the introductory remarks at the press briefing with UNESCO and UNICEF.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday said, ‘We know that this virus can kill children, but that children tend to have a milder infection and there are very few severe cases and deaths from COVID-19 among children and adolescents.’
The measures taken in a community to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission will reduce the risk in schools as well.
The data we have shown that less than 10% of reported cases and less than 0.2% of deaths are in people under the age of 20, the WHO chief added.
He, however, stressed on more research about the factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease and death among children and adolescents.
The WHO chief said that to support countries in every situation, UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO on Monday published updated guidance on school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19.
The guidance provides practical advice for schools in areas with no cases, sporadic cases, and clusters of cases or community transmission.