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Coronavirus symptoms: Does the virus affect children differently to adults? How to spot it

Most of the attention has focused on the elderly and other at-risk groups but how can you spot symptoms in children and how do they compare to infected adults?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough.

Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhoea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19, however.

These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon.

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