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Child health expert weighs in on misconceptions about kids and COVID-19

More than 2 million children in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

News 12 Staff

Jan 14, 2021, 8:23 PM

Updated 1,254 days ago

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A child health expert is weighing in on the biggest misconceptions he sees online about kids and COVID-19.
The number has caught people's attention online -- as hundreds of comments are flooding our News 12 social media pages.
The responses and questions have caught someone else's eye, too -- pediatric Dr. Dan Cohen.
"This is really confusing, but people are yelling at each other like 'I'm right,' 'you're right,' 'I'm right,' and in the end that puts everybody in danger," he says.
Cohen sat down with News 12 and set the record straight when it comes to kids and COVID.
In response to someone who posted that her pediatrician isn't seeing any COVID-19 cases in children and babies:
"I don't know who that pediatrician is. I won't say anything disparaging about that person, but I see COVID all the time."
In response to children not spreading it to others:
"Fifty-three percent of household spread can occur from person to person. Kids are part of that, and if we allow them to catch fire, we're never going to put this out."
Cohen says the data shows kids are getting the virus, but not getting very sick or dying.
Health experts say they still need more data on how the virus might affect kids over time.


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