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The widespread Covid-19 is affecting the elderly the most. The reason being given for this is that they have a weak immune system. However, what is surprising is that the virus is not affecting children? (See this news). Children also have a weak immune system - a system that is not fully developed and still learning.

I have a strong feeling that the reason for this could be that Coronavirus is not killing us directly rather it is killing us by aggravating our immune systems. People who have a fully developed immune system are fighting it so much that they are harming their own body, i.e. the youth and senior citizens. Among them, the elderly are not able to take such an extreme response of the body and dying, while the young people are able to. As for children, their immune system is simply carefree and does not even consider it a threat.

How true could this hunch be? Is there any research in this direction, perhaps on related diseases?

PS: I have experienced grave allergies personally. And hence, I come from the school of thought that our toughest battles come from within.

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  • $\begingroup$ The chest infection is nearly always accompanied by a bacterial infection in between the lining of the lungs and the alveola, due to the virus activity and a weakend immune system, which the virus kindof leaverages to make you cough. AFAIK the bactera do the most harm and your ability to fight them makes all the difference from a mild to a severe instance. atsu.edu/faculty/chamberlain/Website/pnebact.htm $\endgroup$ – com.prehensible Mar 21 at 5:46
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    $\begingroup$ SE Biology is a question and answer site — not a discussion site or a site for floating ideas. It is concerned with the mechanisms of biological processes, not medical or social aspects of biology. For one of these reasons I think that your question on the coronavirus outbreak is off-topic here. Question of a medical nature might be on-topic at SE Medical Sciences. Otherwise you are advised to consult more appropriate reputable sources for such information, some of which are listed here. $\endgroup$ – David Mar 21 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @David Okay. Thank you. I will perhaps do more research on this, and either discuss this on Reddit or post it on Medical Sciences SE. $\endgroup$ – shivams Mar 21 at 17:36

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