While initial reports suggested that children were unlikely get get infected, we're now finding that children are also likely to be infected. Because children sometimes experience more mild symptoms than adults, fewer children were being tested. When children are tested, we’re finding that more of them have COVID-19 than we thought. Therefore, all social distancing measures should be taken for both kids and adults to prevent the spread of disease and any risk to children.
For example, the latest reports from South Korea show that children and teenagers account for about 6% of the total cases reported there so far.
Children generally recover well with mild symptoms from COVID-19, but there is an extremely rare complication known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). If your child has persistent high fever, rash, vomiting, and redness or swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, hands, or feet, it is important to contact your healthcare provider or seek emergency treatment immediately.