Children with Covid-19 display wider range of symptoms than adults

Symptoms of children infected with the coronavirus include headache, diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramps, study finds

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: A lab technician holds a 96 well plate holding antibody tests during a visit to the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research at Victoria University on August 27, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the Government has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars of extra funding from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, to access a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. The funding will enable the Government to secure access to promising vaccine candidates, alongside joining initiatives such as the global COVAX Facility. The Malaghan Institute will help lead efforts to secure a COVID-19 vaccine for New Zealand as part of the newly established Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins - Pool/Getty Images)
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Children who contract Covid-19 exhibit a wider set of symptoms than adults including headache, diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramps, a new study has found.

Lead researcher Dr Tom Waterfield, of Queens University Belfast, said the gastrointestinal problems should therefore potentially be added to the official list of known symptoms.

The UK’s National Health Service currently says people should self-isolate immediately if they have a fever, a new and continuous cough or a loss of sense of smell or taste.

Around 1,000 children aged two to 15 were tested from April 16 to July 3 and 68 came back with a positive antibody test indicating they had previously had Covid-19. Of the 68, half were asymptomatic.

The most common symptoms were fever, gastrointestinal upset and headache. None required admission to hospital and all were children of healthcare workers.