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Coronavirus can affect children as well as adults – but often in a milder form (Picture: Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to impact life across the world, with over 500,000 people having now lost their lives to the disease.

Although lockdown measures have been eased in many countries cases are continuing to spike in many parts of the globe including the US and Latin America – while in the UK there is also talk of a local lockdown in Leicester amid a reported surge in cases.

While the virus is mild for many, it can cause serious complications in others including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions – but so far children are reported to have been less adversely affected by Covid-19.

Can kids get coronavirus and if so what are the symptoms?

What are the symptoms of coronavirus in kids?

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The symptoms of coronavirus in children are pretty much the same as they are in adults – although the NHS website has said that children seem to get the virus less often than adults and when they do it is generally less serious.

The symptoms to look out for are – as with Covid-19 in adults – a high temperature (feeling hot to the touch on the chest or back) and a new continuous cough, which means coughing a lot, for more than an hour,or having three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.

Another potential sign of Covid-19 is the loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this may mean being unable to smell or taste anything, or things smelling or tasting different to normal.

The NHS advice for children who may have Covid-19 is the same as adults – anyone displaying symptoms and those in their household must stay at home and self-isolate, and this also applies to anyone who may have formed a support bubble with that household.

Those affected should also get a test as soon as possible.

If you’re concerned about a child who may have symptoms or you’re not sure what to do, you should call NHS 111 for children under five, and for those aged five and over use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

Meanwhile the CDC in the US has said the symptoms for coronavirus in children are similar to the symptoms seen in adults, and children with the virus have thus far been presenting with mild symptoms by and large.

However, their website also states that there’s still a lot to be learned about the disease, and it’s not yet known if children with special needs or pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of developing serious symptoms.

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