Evidence review confirms COVID-19 is generally ‘mild’ in young children

A systematic review and meta-analysis of international COVID-19 literature, led by UNSW Sydney, has confirmed that while children under five years old were likely to recover from the infection, half of those infected were infants and almost half of the infected under-fives were asymptomatic.

These findings will help to inform future policy and decision-making about potential COVID-19 vaccination for young children and maternal immunization programs during pregnancy—but the scientists say future research is needed to explore the potential risk of transmission from infants to their mothers, families and other caregivers, and to find out more about whether asymptomatic under-fives can spread the disease.

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