Panama has confirmed the death of a 13-year-old girl from Covid-19 – one of the youngest reported victims so far, Nina Lakhani reports.
Globally, the evidence shows that the virus is much more dangerous in people with preexisting medical conditions and the elderly, with around 20% of infected over 80s dying from complications.
But the Panama case illustrates what medical experts have been trying to drum home in recent days: young adults and children are not immune to the virus or serious complications. There’s been growing frustration across the world at sites of busy play parks and beaches full of youngsters.
The younger the child, the greater the chance of suffering critical or serious symptoms from the virus, according to one large study from China.