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Infectious Disease

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Kids

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What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19, is the infectious illness caused by the new coronavirus that was first discovered in late 2019. Due to the wide spread of the virus, COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries across the world, including the United States. Studies show that COVID-19 is more serious for adults over age 65 and people with certain underlying medical conditions than for the average child. However, even healthy children can become sick, some seriously, and can spread COVID-19.

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This page was updated on July 13, 2022. Due to the shifting nature of the pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all health and safety guidelines set by your local public health authorities. Reference the CDC, CDPHE and WHO for ongoing updates on COVID-19 and the pandemic.

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