“Children are at very little risk of infection” – Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Professor Russell Viner of the UCL Institute of Child Health and President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told MailOnline: ‘What we know about the novel coronaviruses, including COVID-19, is children are at very little risk of infection.
‘Children probably catch it as much as adults but most children either have no symptoms or incredibly mild symptoms.
‘If children do catch catch the virus, most do not get any symptoms.
‘Most of those that do develop symptoms only experience mild effects, such as a slight fever, some aches and pains and a bit of a cough.
Daily Mail online 18 March 2020
So if children are at only the slightest of risks surely they don’t need to keep apart. And actually, I would think that it would be socially and psychologically harmful to bring children up to fear close contact with others or believe that the air they breathe is contaminated, that shared objects like books may be a health hazard. Such behaviour is so unnatural that only a truly great danger should lead us to treat children in this way. And covid-19 is of minimal danger to children.
College and University Students
These are of very little risk too so that the attempt to keep students apart is also unnecessary as well as being unworkable, inhuman, and socially and psychologically undesirable.
Statistics giving the evidence behind this claim can be found elsewhere in this blogsite.
David Roberts, 17 June 2020