Do children respond differently to COVID-19?

Research on a Melbourne family has raised important questions over how to test and manage kids compared with adults

Are children less likely than adults to be infected? Can they transmit the virus to others? Should schools be closed or not?

Novel findings from an Australian study, published in Nature Communications in November, might be a signpost to the direction research needs to go to find answers.

The research suggests children exposed to COVID-19 who show up negative on PCR and conventional serology might be infected but their immune systems can mount a “highly effective” response.

This is based on a case study of a Melbourne family — a 38