With the droplet and masks to be used in crowded places, but not in the classroom. Just comply with the hygiene rules: wash your hands well and keep your distance in closed places, but the mask is mainly for adults. On the contrary: it should not be put on for babies up to 6 years of age because it hinders breathing.
Only 2% postiveThat 2 percent of pediatric positives is in tune with international data and shows that the immune system of children is much stronger than that of adults and has repaired them from the pandemic that has crushed the over 80’s. Scientists are now analyzing statistics that lead to cautious optimism.
Professor Liviana Da Dalt, who leads both the department and the School of Specialization in Pediatrics of the University of Padua, illustrated them to Marghera. A “star” of medicine who works in silence, without talk shows on TV.
Here are the reassuring data: out of 19,233 subjects who have become infected with Coronavirus in Veneto, there are just 369 children from 0 to 14 years old. In Italy out of 238 thousand infections, 5,200 are pediatric, around 2%.
No children from Covid died in Padua and Pediatrics continued to treat the 25,000 patients who are hospitalized every year in clinics that represent an international excellence in the treatment of leukemias. In her report, Liviana Da Dalt then ensured that there is no radical transmission of the virus between mother and baby in gestation and breast milk is also immune to Covid.
Why do children risk ending up in bed with a fever at 40 and a cough due to the classic flu in winter, while they have survived the Covid “plague” almost unscathed?
Scientists have not found an unequivocal answer but are convinced that a fundamental role is linked to the ACE2 protein, a receptor that is completely absent in children while in adults it represents the entry key to the new coronavirus: ACE2 is the same receptor recognized by the Sars virus.
Scientists speculate that children are less affected because their cells do not have an access key that the virus needs to infect them.
The pandemic bis
What to do to avoid the pandemic bis in autumn? There is only one answer and it represents an answer to all those who want to sleep peacefully: in October, children must be vaccinated against classical flu.
“It is a fundamental rule to protect the community and protect the population,” explained Liviana Da Dalt. The doctors will then determine with the buffer what influence it is when the thermometer will mark 38-39 degrees: Covid19 virus or “classic” pneumococcus that manifests itself in 90 different serotypes?
In Padua, the very few cases of Covid with Kawasaki syndrome were treated, a very rare vasculitis affecting children, cured by pediatric rheumologists who struck with particular virulence in Bergamo: the effects on heart disease are devastating and also on the lungs, as he explained Professor Da Dalt.
If this is the picture, what precautions should be taken for the resumption of schools? Veneto has done well to open summer camps from 0 to 14 years since May, without waiting for the green light from Rome which arrived with eternal bureaucratic slowness.
“The data confirm that Coronavirus infection has a different course: 90% of infected children have a mild and asymptomatic form. This must give you much peace of mind for the reopening of summer centers and schools because play, movement, socialization and the rules that the school imposes are very important for the kids ».
But is it right to measure the fever for those who go to summer camps? «Ideally, yes. Maybe the random test is enough ». Masks in the classroom? “If there is already the right social distancing it is not necessary, but should be put in recreational and community moments.”
And with a second lockdown? Get the kids out of the house, for heaven’s sake. “Between March and June there was a boom in hospitalizations from domestic accidents: those who collapsed from the bunk bed, those who got intoxicated with drugs and gels sprayed by their parents to sanitize the house.” Better a run and a kick to the ball. Always.-