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Fears Delta variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible among children

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Nearly 3000 children under the age of ten have contracted the strain to date, with about a third of cases in NSW each day in people 20 and younger.

There are concerns about the way the Delta strain of coronavirus is impacting children as more young people become infected.

Nearly 3000 children under the age of ten have contracted the strain to date, with about a third of cases in NSW each day in people 20 and younger.

Sydney GP Dr Penny Adams said there is a reason more young people are catching and transmitting the virus during the current outbreak.

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Sydney GP Dr Penny Adams.

"We're getting more and more people vaccinated over the age of 40 so the virus needs to spreads somewhere.

"So it makes sense that we're seeing it now in children," she told Weekend Today.

Dr Adams said while more children are contracting the virus, there isn't evidence they are getting sicker, and there is not believed to be any kids in the ICU.

"The vast majority of them are being looked out in the community by outreach teams from the hospital.

"Within hospitals there are some children with COVID but a lot of them are not there because they've got severe disease, it's for social reasons because maybe mum and dad are being looked after in an adult hospital with COVID and they need someone to look after them," Dr Adams said.

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Early childhood educator Josephine wipes down tables and bench tops with disinfectant at the Robertson Street Kindy Childcare Centre in Helensburgh south of Sydney, Friday, April 3, 2020.Tamara Cavenett, the President of the Australian Psychological Society in Adelaide.

President of the Australian Psychological Society in Adelaide, Tamara Cavenett said while children aren't necessarily suffering physically, the mental impact of the disease also needs to be taken into account.

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"We certainly expect to see children showing anxiety, distress, confusion.

"They're in an environment that's not their normal home and they not necessarily got access to the normal care and touch from their usual caregivers.

"So we are expecting them to be showing some of those symptoms of anxiety," Ms Cavenett said.

She added that while necessary, things like seeing people in full PPE and masks can be confronting for children.

"When a child is anxious they'll fill in blanks to their negative.

"If we can give them an age-appropriate story around what's happening to give them comfort and the staff have also been using great technologies to take off the PPE and the mask, and let them know behind the costume there is a person giving them care.

"The other thing we'd encourage parents is when you're home, if you can be a little more patient, they be regressing or showing some extra behavioural symptoms and need more attention and time."

Source: 9News

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