New England Journal of Medicine: No cases of coronavirus in humans under age 15 found in study

A new report from The New England Journal of Medicine shared the assessment of experts on the lack of cases of Covid-19, or the coronavirus, in those under the age of 15 years old.

The report, published Friday and authored by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., H. Clifford Lane, M.D., and Robert R. Redfield, M.D., notes that there are no known cases of children younger than 15 being infected with the respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus.

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Fauci, a member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, joined the experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pen the editorial citing a study which “detailed clinical and epidemiologic description of the first 425 cases reported in the epicenter of the outbreak.”

“The median age of the patients was 59 years, with higher morbidity and mortality among the elderly and among those with coexisting conditions (similar to the situation with influenza); 56% of the patients were male,” the article stated.

“Of note, there were no cases in children younger than 15 years of age,” the piece continued. “Either children are less likely to become infected, which would have important epidemiologic implications, or their symptoms were so mild that their infection escaped detection, which has implications for the size of the denominator of total community infections.”

The editorial went on to note the percentage of identified cases and that the contagious virus may “ultimately be more akin” to a case of influenza.

“If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%,” the authors contended.

“This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively,” they added.

President Trump blasted Democrats for politicizing the coronavirus outbreak during his press conference at the White House last week with officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also addressed fears about a larger outbreak of the virus in the U.S., assuring Americans that aggressive measures he ordered at the outset have minimized the nation’s exposure so far even as there have been more than 81,000 cases reported around the world, mainly in China.

The president called out the liberal media as the “enemy of the people” in a tweet in Sunday which followed sharp criticism he had leveled for the hyped and inaccurate reporting on the coronavirus threat and his administration’s actions.

Last week, the president blasted MSNBC and CNN for “doing everything” to make the coronavirus “look as bad as possible and recently leveled scathing criticism of the “fake news media” in the wake of the coronavirus threat by targeting a New York Times op-ed columnist.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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