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"Some of the reports that have come out so far from China have been from adult hospitals, and not pediatric hospitals, so it could just be that we're not seeing that data yet."A low case count among kids is a good thing, health experts say, because children are less likely to wash their hands, cover their mouths, and refrain from touching others — behaviors that can spread germs."If we can protect kids — one, it's good for them, but two, it's good for the population," Aaron Milstone, an epidemiologist and professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, told Business Insider. In the current coronavirus outbreak, there are two potential explanations for why so few children have gotten sick: either they've been less likely to be exposed in the first place, or there's something different about how their bodies respond to the virus. "In many outbreaks of flu, it's the children who spread it more than the adults." Children under age 5 are at high risk of developing serious complications from the influenza virus, such as pneumonia or respiratory and kidney failure, according to the CDC.

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