Doctors And WHO Warn Young Teens, Children And Babies Not Safe From Coronavirus
Doctors have now warned that young children and babies are not safe from the deadly coronavirus which has gripped the world with fear. According to experts, the virus can still spread among children and youngsters, even though the elderly are most at risk. Doctors now warn that the life-threatening illness can cause unusual symptoms like stomach aches in children although cough and fever are the common tell-tale symptoms.
1WHO warns young shouldn’t think themselves invincible against the coronavirus
After the outbreak in Wuhan, studies in China has found that one in every ten patients in the country were under the age of 30. Babies have also been found to get the virus that can cause pneumonia in those with respiratory conditions and be fatal. The World Health Organization have said the young people are ‘not invincible’ and could end up in hospital ‘for weeks’.
2An 18-year-old patient is the youngest victim in the UK to succumb to the virus
An 18-year-old coronavirus patient from England became the UK’s youngest victim of the virus He was suffering from an underlying health condition that officials have refused to reveal. The 12-year-old cousin of a man from Atlanta was revealed to be fighting for her life on a ventilator after testing positive for COVID-19. A mother from Cardiff also revealed her ‘very distressing’ experience of watching her six-month-old baby boy battler a fever after he caught the virus from his father.
3Healthy patients in their 30’s are fighting for their lives
As per medical experts, older people and those who have an underlying health condition are at a higher risk of falling seriously ill from the virus because of impaired immunity. However, the virus is highly contagious and can infect both children and younger people. Experts like Rosena Allin-Khan, an emergency doctor and Labor MP for Tooting, south London, revealed doctors will soon have to start rationing life support machines. She said young people are at risk too and healthy patients in their 30s and 40s fighting for their lives.
She tweeted about her previous evening shift: ‘Today, I did a shift at my local hospital and the experience was deeply, deeply eye-opening. Previously fit and healthy young people in their 30’s and 40’s, attached to machines, fighting for their lives. This is no joke. Yes, most may get mild symptoms, yes many are older but young, healthy patients are NOT immune. The worst of COVID-19 can be horrific.’
4Scientists have suggested that children are just as likely to get infected with the virus
While this is so, they probably won’t develop symptoms which will leave them very unwell as in the case of SARS and MERS epidemics. While puzzling, it could be due to a child’s immune cells being more resilient and active, in comparison to that of an adult’s with a more aged immune system which can fail to detect the virus quickly. Evidence from China has revealed that the virus affects them differently which can even mean that some cases can go undetected.