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A majority of COVID-19 carriers could be asymptomatic, including children

While children rarely show symptoms, a new study published today suggests a large portion of the global population could be asymptomatic.

Posted: May 28, 2020 5:18 PM
Updated: May 28, 2020 5:30 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. – This past week three children under the age of 9 have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Dr. Grant Niskanen, the Vice President for Medical Affairs at Sky Lakes Medical Center, children testing positive for the virus is rare, especially in our area.

Even though it is rare for children to show symptoms of COVID-19, this does not mean they are immune.

“In New York City, they estimate about 400,000 children became infected with COVID-19, that’s still quiet a small percentage when you look at the size of New York City, about 8.5 million people,” said Dr. Niskanen.

A recent study in China showed children typically only have a third of the infection adults do.

Doctors are still learning about the COVID-19 virus by one theory as to why children are less susceptible to COVID-19 has to do with their immune systems, when compared to older adults.

“It’s interesting with adults, most of the deaths that we see in the U.S. are occurring in people over the age of 65 and for every decade over that , as you get into your 80’s and 90’s, the death rate can be as high as 25%,” said Dr. Niskanen, “the older adults don’t have as strong of an immune system so they may not be able to fight this off and then with other health problems and depressed immune system, they’re more likely to succumb to death.”

While children rarely show symptoms, a new study published today suggests a large portion of the global population could be asymptomatic.

“A study came out of China today and the cruise lines as well, that 80% of people may be asymptomatic with the COVID-19 virus,” said Dr. Niskanen.

Due to the possibility that a majority of people could be sick and never know it, Dr. Niskanen says wearing masks are the best way to prevent the spread of the virus.

“A lot of people are under the mistaken assumption that masks help you from getting it, no, they help prevent you from giving it to someone else,” said Dr. Niskanen.

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious and is can be transmitted through particles that leave your nose and mouth when you’re sneezing, coughing, or even just talking.

“By preventing those secretions with just a simple cloth mask; I think it’s going to be the main way to fight this in the future,” said Dr. Niskanen.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 12170

Reported Deaths: 234
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Multnomah288872
Marion185953
Washington184721
Umatilla10137
Clackamas98727
Malheur3732
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Lane3053
Deschutes2680
Yamhill1989
Linn18110
Jackson1790
Polk17712
Jefferson1680
Morrow1451
Klamath1371
Wasco1171
Benton1146
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Douglas640
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Coos530
Columbia480
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa140
Baker120
Curry90
Sherman50
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
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Confirmed Cases: 324543

Reported Deaths: 7051
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Los Angeles1335493809
Riverside24765537
Orange24715423
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino19043306
Fresno828288
Imperial7827135
Alameda7731148
Kern650297
Santa Clara6298166
San Joaquin627968
Tulare5678152
Sacramento548983
Stanislaus473251
Contra Costa466190
San Francisco452250
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings291839
Monterey268218
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma170316
Placer107711
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo88428
Santa Cruz5693
Napa4774
Sutter3884
San Benito3622
Butte3384
Lassen3370
El Dorado3070
Shasta1956
Yuba1923
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte600
Mono511
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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