The vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide have occurred among the elderly.
In a 10-week period between March and June, six people under 14 died with the infection in England and Wales.
This is compared to 24,511 in those between 75 and 90 years old.
It is known that as we age our immune system becomes less “sharp”, reducing its ability to fight off infections we have not encountered before.
The circulating coronavirus is one of seven strains of a virus class that are known to infect humans.
Four of these strains trigger cold-like symptoms, which children may be more exposed to while they mix at school.
Fighting off other strains may give youngsters an advantage when it comes to defeating the coronavirus.
Research also suggests children are less likely to catch the infection in the first place. The extent to which they pass it on, however, is up for debate