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EXPLAINED: Why does coronavirus impact children and adults differently

Elaborating on how coronavirus affects the kids, Dr Lakshmi further underlined, “Some theories suggest that children do not have the A2 receptor, which is what SARS-CoV-2 needs to spread to the lower respiratory tract. In children, this is not developed, so the infection is largely in the upper respiratory tract.” According to a study published in the Journal Jama, “ACE2 gene expression in the nasal epithelium was lowest in younger children” out of the 305 coronavirus patients, who were between the age of 4 to 60 years.

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