FAST FIVE: New Research Explains Why Children Are Far Less Vulnerable To COVID-19 Than Adults
But new research has emerged to suggest that children's bodies really do process the virus differently than adults, in a way that makes them less susceptible to its most life-threatening excesses.
In a new study that was reported on by the New York Times yesterday, one reason for children's relative good fortune is that a branch of their immune system that evolved to protect against unfamiliar pathogens rapidly destroys the coronavirus before the virus can do serious damage to its youthful host.
Since children more frequently encounter viruses and other pathogens with which their bodies are unfamiliar, their immune responses are typically a lot harsher than adults'.
One study examining 60 adults and 65 children and young adults under the age of 24, all of whom were hospitalized at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City from March 13 to May 17, found that children exhibited severe symptoms much less frequently than even the young adults.
But these differences in immune system function between generations might not be the only reason why kids suffer from COVID-19 in much smaller numbers.