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Working-age adults who live with young children are less likely to die from Covid-19 and other causes, research suggests.

The findings, which are yet to be peer-reviewed, come from a population-based study involving nearly 12 million adults in England.

The researchers found that adults aged below 65 who were living with youngsters up to 11-years-old, were about 25pc less likely to die from Covid-19 and had a 32pc lower risk of dying from non-Covid-19 causes compared with those without children.

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The researchers believe this is because those with young children in their homes are more likely to lead healthier lifestyles, putting them at slightly lower risk of dying from Covid-19 or other causes.

"People who live with children - parents in particular - generally are a little bit healthier and have healthier lifestyles, meaning they do generally have a lower risk of bad health outcomes," said Liam Smeeth, professor of clinical epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

"We saw that for Covid, just as we saw for all sorts of other causes."

The researchers also looked to see whether children passing on colds, caused by four other seasonal human coronaviruses, may provide protective immunity against Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

They said that based on the results, any cross-reactive immunity to Sars-CoV-2 from other coronaviruses was unlikely.

Researchers said the study does not cover schools re- opening as it contains data only from February to August, when most English schools were closed.

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