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Does COVID affect kids the same as adults?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yvonne Maldonado, MD explains that COVID is a serious health threat for unvaccinated children as well as adults.

First of all, there was absolute misinformation at the very beginning of the pandemic that children did not get infected. That is absolutely untrue. Children have always been known to be infected by this virus. They do tend to have less serious illness overall and they do tend to transmit less often to others. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t get sick, they don’t get hospitalized, they can’t die from the disease, and that they can’t transmit to others. So, it’s a matter of degree rather than whether or not it happens to children.

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