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Are Children Less Susceptible To COVID-19?

Discussion in 'Scientific Studies' started by md_a, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. md_a

    md_a Member

    Aug 31, 2015
    ACE2 expression in rat lung has been found to dramatically decrease with age.

    This finding may not be consistent with a relatively low susceptibility of children to COVID-19. However, studies show that ACE2 is involved in protective mechanisms of the lung. It may protect against severe lung injury induced by respiratory virus infection in an experimental mouse model and in pediatric patients. ACE2 also protects against severe acute lung injury that can be triggered by sepsis, acid aspiration, SARS, and lethal avian influenza A H5N1 virus infection.

    These intriguing findings suggest that children may really be less susceptible to COVID-19. It is important to elucidate the underlying mechanism that may help to manage COVID-19 patients.