A recent study found new symptoms of the coronavirus infection that causes Covid-19 experienced by a group of children. Fatigue, headaches and fever are the most common symptoms.
“We need to start telling people about the different symptoms of Covid-19 at different ages, rather than sticking to the symptoms of fever, cough and decreased sense of smell,” said study leader Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London.
Previously, various health agencies list fever, persistent cough, and decreased sense of smell as symptoms of Covid-19 in both adults and children.
However, research conducted by the Covid-19 Symptoms Tracker team found new data regarding specific symptoms that appear in children. These symptoms differ from those of adults.
The findings are based on reports from 198 children who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK.
Research revealed that one third of the children who tested positive did not show any symptoms. While the rest exhibited different symptoms from adults.
Up to 55% of children experience fatigue. Meanwhile, as many as 54% of children experience headaches, and nearly half have fevers.
Symptoms such as a sore throat are only felt by about 38% of children with symptoms. As many as 15% had decreased appetite, 15% had rashes on their skin, and 13% had diarrhea.
“What we want to do here is not to encourage children to take tests, but encouraging the concept of distance learning to minimize children’s activities at school” said Spector.
Spector said the difference in symptoms between children and adults may be due to differences in the way their immune systems respond to the virus.