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“Adults tend to be heavier, they have heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, things that kids thankfully have in way lower incidences,” Johnson said.
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But children are spreading the disease, Johnson said, though unlike the flu only 10 percent of children are the source of the virus. Still, it’s enough that doctors say children aged 2 and older must wear masks.
Doctors are also urging teenagers to be more cautious. Pediatricians say teens are having trouble getting the message about wearing masks and social distancing.
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