Share on Pinterest The rate of COVID-19 transmission for kids age 10 and over can be just as high as it is for adults. Getty Images Recent research has found that kids can spread COVID-19 more easily than previously thought. What we know about the risks of COVID-19 to kids As our knowledge of COVID-19 has increased, so has our understanding of how the disease affects children. “For the most part, kids seem to have milder symptoms than adults,” explained Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and CEO of Happiest Baby. The risk of reopening schools “Little kids are total amateurs when it comes to self-control, boundaries, and hygiene,” said Karp.