Coronavirus UK: Are children at risk of infection? Expert warns 'we just don't understand'

Professor Lipsitch predicted between 40 and 70 percent of the planet’s population could fall ill with the coronavirus.

He said: “It is, but an important qualifier is that I expect 40 to 70 percent of adults to be infected.

“We just don’t understand whether children are getting infected at low rates or just not showing very strong symptoms.

“So I don’t want to make assumptions about children until we know more.

“That number also assumes that we don’t put in place effective, long-term countermeasures, like social distancing for months at a time which, I think, is a fair assumption.

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