A new study sponsored and funded by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has started enrolling participants to evaluate how COVID-19 affects children, as it appears that very few children have become sick with the virus compared to adults.
WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. researchers have started enrolling participants in a study to assess the rate of new coronavirus infection among children and their families.
The study -- sponsored and funded by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) -- will also examine if rates of new coronavirus infection differ between children with and without asthma or other allergic conditions.
"One interesting feature of this novel coronavirus pandemic is that very few children have become sick with COVID-19 compared to adults," said NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
"Is this because children are resistant to infection with SARS-CoV-2, or because they are infected, but do not develop symptoms?" Fauci said in a NIAID news release.