Dr. Dan Cooper of UC Irvine’s Institute for Immunology, who has been active in the university’s COVID-19 pandemic research, disputed the board’s statement that children are not at risk from the coronavirus. “That’s a falsehood, that’s incorrect,” the pediatrician told City News Service. “We’ve learned that children are at risk of COVID. Yes, it’s a milder disease, but to say they’re not at risk is a crime. It’s a lie.” … Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, said it is not true that children are not a vector for COVID-19.