Dr. Dyan Hes, a pediatrician, says that while she believes the data show high infection rates, it’s impossible to know the exact number because kids are not being tested, in part because there aren’t enough tests and pediatricians don’t have enough PPE.
"When you want to swab a child, you have to shove that swab all the way up their nose to the back of the nasal pharynx, all the way back, " Dr. Hes says. "They fight, they kick, they spit, they sneeze. It dispurses that coronavirus into the air."
In New York City’s official accounting of COVID-19 cases, just two percent of all the city’s positive cases are in children under the age of 18, and almost all have been spared the worst of the virus.
Dr. Hes also says that the data from New York City hospitals show 50 percent of new mothers are COVID-19 positive, but the babies appear to be doing well.
She believes that because so many children are either sick with coronavirus or asymptomatic, that the best thing to do is to have them wear a face mask at home so they will be used to wearing it outside.