Even though children only account for about 10% of coronavirus diagnoses, and under 1% of the deaths, people should pay attention to the spread of the virus in kids, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday.
“Children do get infected. And we’d better be careful about just dismissing infection in children,” Fauci told CNN’s Brian Stelter.
“It is unclear the degree to which they transmit. There are papers that come out that say they don’t do it as efficiently as adults do, particularly young children,” added Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.
“But it’s an evolving situation. The more you read about it and the more papers come out, you have got to keep an open mind when it comes to an issue like what the role of children is in transmission,” Fauci added.