Many children who get Covid recover in less than one week – study

Research carried out by scientists at King’s College, London indicates that the majority of children who get Covid-19 recover in less than a week, and very few continue to drag on with symptoms.

The study was published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health and was based on information provided by parents of 1,734 children in the 5 to 17 age group who became infected with Covid between September 2020 and February 2021.

The majority of the reported symptoms in the children included headaches and fatigue, as well as sore throats and loss of sense of smell.

Less than one in every 20 children experienced symptoms for four weeks or more and one in every fifty had symptoms that lasted for over eight weeks.

On average, adolescents and youths were ill for longer periods than children of primary school age, and many of those in the 12 to 17 age group took a week to recover, whereas younger children recovered after five days.