Abstract

Children, because of having an immature immune system, are usually more prone than the adults to the microbial infections and have more severe symptoms, which is especially true for the newborns, and very young children. However, the review of clinical data from the current COVID-19 pandemic indicates otherwise. We discuss here what are the main features and components of children's immune system, the role of maternal transmission of immunity, and what are the possible explanations for the seemingly lower infection rate and severity of COVI-19 in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108510
JournalClinical Immunology
Volume217
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Child immunity
  • COVID-19
  • Immune system development
  • Macrophages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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