• Afiya Najla

COVID-19 Spreads by Children


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The spread of the COVID-19 seems to perceive no time, place, or even the subject. Starting from Wuhan, it spread to the United States, England, and Africa. This virus will always be a scourge; some people are afraid to meet other individuals because of the erratic spread of this virus. Late adults to the elderly are the most vulnerable population affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. But it's easy to forget that toddlers to newborns can be exposed to and transmit COVID-19. Compared to adults, the prevalence of children contracting COVID-19 is much lower.


Just like adults, children who catch COVID-19 may not have the symptoms that those with the COVID-19 virus should have. This is known as being asymptomatic. Based on medical science, asymptomatic is a condition in which individuals have tested positive for a disease but do not show any clinical symptoms. In fact, when individuals are asymptomatic, they are still capable of transmitting COVID-19 to others. Children who get COVID-19 can have health issues so severe that they require intensive care to use a ventilator as a breathing apparatus. In a study conducted by Sola et.al (2021), the prevalence of children who get infected by COVID-19 varied from 0% to 2.2%. This is a very small number compared to the prevalence in adults or the elderly. But should we ignore this while they are tormented?


The symptoms that occur in children are actually the same as those of adults, such as fever, cough, runny nose, even sore throat. However, things like diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting to appetite's decrease which serve especially in babies under one year of age are the typical symptoms. So what should people around children do to protect their loved ones from the COVID-19 outbreak? Several things can be done according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first is to always monitor the symptoms that appear in children, with several things that need to be considered such as a fever that is more than 38 Celcius, uncontrolled cough that causes them to have difficulty breathing, or if a child previously has asthma or allergies see if there is any change from the cough they usually complain about. Second, keep track of who the children are in contact with and the go-to place when they may not go with you as the closest person. If you notice that your children are going to a place around a person affected by COVID-19, do the tracking as soon as possible by asking the nearest health department for help. Third, if your children have this COVID-19 virus, try to take care of them properly at home and immediately call the health care provider if your child is showing symptoms that you cannot handle yourself at home.

 

Speaking Plainly:

  • Prevalence of children who get infected by COVID-19 vary from 0% to 2.2%.

  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and a decrease of appetite are the typical symptoms, especially in babies under one year.

  • There are three main things that children’s guardians should do when their child is infected by COVID-19, which are monitoring, tracking, and seeking help if there’s an emergency.