REVEALED: EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT SUPER-SPREADERS OF THE CORONA VIRUS.

The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that the country has recorded 193 new COVID-19 cases following testing of 3,381 samples; bringing the country’s total caseload to 32,557. Six more people succumbed to the virus bringing the number of deaths recorded so far to 554 with the number of recoveries rising to 18,895 after 225 patients recovered from the disease.

New-borns, infants and young children do get infected by SARS-CoV2 and even succumb to COVID-19.

Early reports from the experience in China indicated that the proportion of children infected by the virus was small, and that they generally experience mild disease. Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman.

This seems to be so with the spread of the pandemic. A proportion of infected children, although small, develop severe disease often with prolonged intensive care, and sometimes with fatal outcome.

Generally, the mild nature of disease in children, it was thought that they could be community reservoirs of transmission in households, but emerging evidence suggests that children are not super-spreaders of the virus.

Kenya has recorded 768 children under the age of 10 years as COVID-19 positive of whom four have died while on the other hand 430 under five years have been confirmed positive and the deaths in this group are two.

Acting Director General for Health Dr. Patrick Amoth said that we have more than 34 labs now testing for COVID-19 across the country which are posting results that indicate a reduction in the positivity rate.

Dr. Amoth said that the results are in line with their projections made in March-April which indicated the peak will be achieved in late August going into September and empirical data point to that fact but it’s too early to conclusively address the matter as at now.

The next three to four weeks will be critical to be able to tell whether we have hit the magical five percent which will indicate that we have flattened the curve and we can lift the remaining COVID-19 restriction measures.

He added that they have had fruitful deliberations with the Council of Governors (CoG), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Kenya Clinical Officers Union (KUCO), Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) in view of the strike notice that was issued.

Going forward this is a time for us to come together as a Country and we will meet next week on Tuesday to see how we can mitigate against this intended strike.

We want to safeguard the gains that we have made since we started fighting the pandemic in March 2020

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