Jacobs School Researchers Study Why Children Are Less Susceptible to COVID-19

Updated April 7, 2020

Several publications have reported on a clinical study that investigates why COVID-19 is so potentially devastating for adults while causing less severe reactions in most children. “Our hypothesis is that since even very young children seem to be protected from COVID-19’s effects, older adults may have abnormal antibody responses to this virus,” says Mark D. Hicar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics. Insights from the study could be useful to scientists developing vaccines and treatments.