Children’s Privilege in COVID-19: The Protective Role of the Juvenile Lung Morphometry and Ventilatory Pattern on Airborne SARS-CoV-2 Transmission to Respiratory Epithelial Barriers and Disease Severity
NANORIGO partner Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is proud to announce the publication of a second study concerning COVID-19. Here they investigated SARS-CoV-2 virion inoculation in the lung of different age groups, using juvenile lung morphometry data of children between the age of three years and eight years. The SARS-CoV-2 inoculation potential of both age groups was compared with a young adult. Evidence was found that children are intrinsically protected to SARS-CoV-2 transmission by virion-laden aerosols when compared to the young adult, an important finding in the context of the ongoing politically laden discussion of children’s role in SARS-CoV-2 transmission in kindergartens and primary schools.
In this study methods and tools for Nano Risk Governance were applied. These form part of NANORIGO’s tool collection, hence repurposing NANORIGO Risk Governance Tools (MPPD) in the context of the emerging public health thread COVID-19.
Raw data: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5543676 .
This work was supported by the Allergy-Cancer-BioNano (ACBN) Research Center of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) and in parts by the EU H2020 projects NanoRigo and NanoCommons (grant numbers 814530 and 731032, respectively).