Coronavirus and children: The red flag symptoms to watch for

Children can contract the virus, but generally have milder symptoms and better outcomes

Any child with Covid-19 will need to be looked after at home and will be in isolation for 14 days. Photograph: Getty Images

Any child with Covid-19 will need to be looked after at home and will be in isolation for 14 days. Photograph: Getty Images

Like adults, children can of course contract coronavirus. However, the good news, if there is any to be gleaned from this global pandemic, is that children, generally, have much milder symptoms, much better prognosis, and deaths are extremely rare.

Covid-19 is, therefore, not an illness we need to fear in our children, and parents can be reassured that, while children can contract the virus, their symptoms tend to be very mild.

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