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CDC study finds coronavirus rarely kills children, but minorities at higher risk

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Children and teens from minority groups are disproportionately hit by coronavirus, just as older adults are, according to the findings of a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children from ethnic and racial minorities, those with underlying health conditions and those between the ages of 18 and 20 are more likely to die, a CDC-led research team wrote in a study published Tuesday in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The report also showed just how unusual it is for children and young adults to die from coronavirus.

The most updated report from the CDC shows 377 children, teens and young adults aged up to 24 have died from coronavirus.

"Infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly those from racial and ethnic minority groups at higher risk, those with underlying medical conditions, and their caregivers, need clear, consistent, and developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate COVID-19 prevention messages," the researchers wrote.

Two of three asymptomatic children likely transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to their parents and possibly to their teachers," the researchers from the Salt Lake County Health Department wrote in their report.

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