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Children less likely to experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms

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Posted on: 6 August 2021

Children are less likely to experience long-term symptoms of coronavirus, according to a recent study. 

The study, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, used data gathered via a mobile app launched by Zoe Limited and King’s College London. 

It looked at 1,734 children aged between five and 17 who had tested positive for coronavirus between September 2020 and February 2021. 

Fewer than one in 20 experienced symptoms for four weeks or more, and just one in 50 had symptoms lasting more than eight weeks. 

Children aged between 12 to 17 took about a week to recover, while in younger children the illness lasted about five days.  

The most common symptoms were headaches and tiredness, sore throat and loss of smell. 

The study also looked at children with symptoms of coronavirus, but who had tested negative. Fewer than one in 100 children had symptoms lasting 28 days. 

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