A recent study of NHS workers in Scotland found that adults in families with young children (up to the age of 11) had a slightly lower risk of contracting Covid and a reduced risk of hospitalization.
Although the study has not yet been reviewed, experts found that only young children could help and that families with children over the age of 12 did not reduce the risk of contracting viruses for the rest of the family, unlike young children.
According to the British newspaper “Thesun” report, the study analyzed the households of more than 300,000 NHS workers in Scotland, and experts said: “The risk of hospitalization with Covid-19 was lower in those who had one child and less in those who had two or more children.”
The study authors state that “children are relatively protected from infection with the new Corona virus,” and the reason may be exposure to childhood vaccinations and respiratory viruses. “
It comes as data from the Office for National Statistics this week revealed that infections among teenagers and young adults are on the rise in England, with charts showing the largest increase in children between the ages of 17 and 24.
Case rates remained almost constant in the age groups of the elderly, and this comes after data from experts at the University of Oxford revealed that the average age of death due to the Corona virus is 82.4 years, this is slightly higher than deaths from other diseases, with an average age of 81.5.
According to virus experts at Queen’s University Belfast, many people assume an immune response to common cold viruses that may provide some protection from Covid-19 because they are from the same virus family, but they stressed the need to note that there are other factors that can cause a person to become severely ill From the Coronavirus.
“ It is well established that age and other illnesses, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can be a huge factor in how high a person with Covid-19 is.
“Other factors to consider include the fact that adults with children are more likely to work part-time or reduced hours due to childcare, and this may limit their exposure to Covid-19 through their work.”
The authors of the Scottish study found that if exposure to cold-causing viruses is an important protection mechanism, child care providers and teachers may benefit from this exposure.
“ The Covid-19 infection and hospitalization data included in this study were collected between March 1 and July 7, 2020, at a time when schools were largely closed, and although many schools were still available to children of essential workers during the UK lockdown, Data that reflects this was not available for this study. ”