Share on Pinterest Kids returning to in-person school face an increased risk for COVID-19, but so do their families. As children head back to school, parents may have questions about whether their families are at risk. Experts say kids can develop COVID-19, and there have been cases where they’ve transmitted it to adults. Visit our coronavirus hub and follow our live updates page for the most recent information on the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 is potentially but rarely life threatening in children “For the vast majority of children, COVID-19 presents as a very mild disease or with no symptoms at all,” Gwynn said.