A chief physician expresses concerns on children's infection of Omicron variant
en.hangzhou.com.cn   2022-01-12 15:43   Source:Global Times

Children infected with previous variants of coronavirus tended to show mild symptoms and low risk, experts noted. However, the Omicron variant has infected more children, causing more acute symptoms and higher rate of hospitalization which makes the Tianjin outbreak more alerting, experts said. 

For those unvaccinated kids who got infected, they may pass the virus to their parents or the elderly, which would pose more challenges.

Li Huanlong, chief physician at a district center for disease control in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, said that there are now at least three generations infected with the virus spread, from staff of childcare centers to students and their parents, Chinese Newsweek reported.

"There may already exists a long transmission chain before the cases were found and we do not know to how many generations the virus has spread so far," Li said, noting that "the outbreak was identified quite late with the virus source of origin still unclear, and at least one or two rounds of massive COVID-19 testing are needed before we can make a clear judgment."

Author:  Editor:Wang Jian