How does coronavirus affect children? Are they more at risk of serious illness?

No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine (CDC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided these answers as it relates to children and COVID-19.