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What Every Parents Needs To Know
It’s no longer news that the world is been engulfed by a pandemic called the Coronavirus. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Ample people infected with the COVID-19 virus will encounter mild to reasonable respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illnesses. This article is focusing on the recovery rate of children from this deadly virus.
At this time, there are no particular vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. It is common for young children to get an unusual cough, and cold. But with the outbreak of Covid19, parents take extra caution when any of their children display any sign of a cold, or cough.
Children are prone to colds because their immune system is still building up and can’t resist the many viruses that induce colds. As children grow older, they gradually build-up immunity and get fewer colds. Usually, coughs get better on their own and aren’t always considered serious, especially if a child that has the cough feeds, drinks, and breathes normally.
If the child doesn’t have any wheezing, then a cough isn’t often anything to worry about. The question asked by many mothers today is how fast their little ones can recover if they contract the Coronavirus. Can their children use the mask? Would it be harmful to their health?
The use of a mask is highly recommended to help combat the spread of the deadly virus. Nevertheless, wearing the mask alone is not enough to stop the infections from spreading. It must be combined with frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, and resisting close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever).
Unicef on their portal stated that this is a new virus and they do not know enough yet about how it affects children or pregnant women. They know it is possible for people of any age to be infected and transmit the virus, although older people and/or those with pre-existing medical conditions seem more likely to develop serious illness.
They further stated that children may be disproportionately affected by measures taken to control the outbreak, such as school closures and physical distancing measures. Special attention needs to be paid to prevent and minimize negative consequences for children as much as possible.
Research conducted in Italy by researchers and published on Wednesday in JAMA Pediatrics reviewed 18 studies published between early December 2019 and March 3. The research looked at data from 1,065 pediatric patients who were mostly from China and all under the age of 19.
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), on March 18th, unfortunately, confirms 5 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria within the last 36 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 8. Of the 5 new positive cases, 3 arrived from the United States, while 2 came in from the United Kingdom.
The Federal Ministry Of Health is still collating knowledge on; 2 of the 3 from the US are Nigerian, a mother and child, making a th6-week old baby the youngest COVID-19 patient we have, and the 3rd is an American national, who crossed the land border and becomes the first COVID-19 case not arriving by air. The 2 cases from the UK are Nigerians.
It is clear that so far, the 6-week old baby is the youngest COVID-19 patient in Nigeria. Research is being conducted on the recovery rate of the child. The middle prekindergarten child has at least six colds a year. Sometimes, in cold weather, it might seem that a child gets sick for weeks ceaselessly, barely getting over one flu before getting another one.
In accordance with the report from JAMA Pediatrics, and with the expectation of one 13-month-old infant who had a severe case of COVID-19 and another 30-hour-old baby who developed “mild respiratory distress” after contracting the virus from his or her mother, most of the pediatric patients reviewed had a fever, dry cough, and fatigue or were asymptomatic. Though some of the children were hospitalized, they generally only required supportive care and recovered within one to two weeks, the researchers said.
“The quick worldwide spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the lack of European and U.S. data on pediatric patients require further epidemiologic and clinical studies to identify possible preventive and therapeutic strategies,” they added.
With the increasing spread of Covid19, the lack of European, U.S, Nigeria data on pediatric patients’ recovery rate, further clinical studies are being carried out to identify possible preventive and therapeutic strategies.
Every parent should remember that the symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or fever can be similar to those of the flu, or the common cold – which are a lot more frequent. It is advisable to follow good hand and proper respiratory hygiene practices like regular handwashing.
So, while research is ongoing to discover the recovery rate of children infected with the Covid19 virus, every child needs to be up to date with all their vaccinations to ensure they get protected from other viruses and bacteria causing diseases that children can get easily prone to.
It is important to follow the guidance of your local and national health care. If national and/or local authorities have stipulated guidelines to help keep children safe, follow it. Judiciously seek out how best to ensure your children can continue with their normal life and activities in the face of this pandemic, so they keep growing healthy, stronger, and intellectually sound.
Also, ensure appropriate supervision for children as they stay at home.
If your child is having symptoms of flu, cough, please seek early attention and care. Try to avoid going to social places (office, schools, social transport), to prevent it from spreading to others