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Virus-Stricken Children Threaten World’s Ability to Reopen

  • Thousands of youth sickened globally give clues to spread
  • Milan mother and daughter in isolation only saw masked medics
A medical worker walks with a child in a Covid-19 care unit at a hospital in Moscow, Russia.
A medical worker walks with a child in a Covid-19 care unit at a hospital in Moscow, Russia.Photographer: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images
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Children with Covid-19 threaten recovery from the pandemic -- sparking increased scrutiny of their cases from scientists and policy makers seeking clues about the new coronavirus’ spread and virulence.

While infections of those under 18 compose a small portion of the worldwide total, they number in the thousands, and in recent days have become the subject of a National Institutes of Health study. There have also been reports in the U.S., U.K. and Europe of a mysterious condition among children.