Disinfo: Coronavirus is safe because it only kills old people

Summary

COVID-19 is a great virus. Children almost do not get sick, and the average age of the victims is 79.5 years.

Disproof

Regular disinformation about the coronavirus. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus. Graham Roberts, an honorary consultant paediatrician at the University of Southampton, explains: "Children (with COVID-19) are predominantly affected in their upper airways (nose, mouths, and throats) so they get cold-like features rather than the virus managing to access their lower airways, ie lungs, and giving the pneumonia and life-threatening Sars picture that we see with adult patients."

The proportion of infected children who went on to develop severe or critical COVID-19 illnesses with breathlessness, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and shock was much lower (6%) than among Chinese adults (19%) – especially older adults with chronic cardiovascular or respiratory conditions. However, there are still cases of children dying from COVID-19. For example, on April 4, a five-year-old child in the UK with underlying health conditions passed away.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the coronavirus that seeks to discredit the EU, claiming that it has abandoned European values and traditions and is built on the worship of money and of free-markets. This message is consistent with the common pro-Kremlin narrative about decadent values and moral decay in contemporary Western societies.

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