Health Editor’s Note: If COVID-19, formerly known as novel coronavirus 2019, was designed to be a bioweapon there is a major fail in the concept. This virus does not appear to be as tough on children as it is on adults, particularly adult males with some co-existing, pre-viral, condition. Bioweapons are designed to kill populations….right?
The very definition of a bioweapon is that it involves the use of bacteria or other living organisms to destroy other organisms, be they organisms that are harmful to plants or animals, or humans themselves. If COVID-19 was designed as a bioweapon, as the conspiracy theorists are beating their drums about, then it is a fail. COVID-19 is NOT a killer of children.
While research is limited due to the fact that well, not many children are being infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is clearly apparent that this virus does not nor will it wipe out human life. Let’s use some common sense and yes, some people still have common sense, in our observations of this virus. Stay away from anyone who is sneezing, coughing, has a temperature, is sick. And do not touch your face, mouth or nose.
Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and treat this like a virus, like we get every year. If you are sick go to your doctor, etc. Only a test can determine if you have COVID-19 and if you do you will be quarantined to avoid spreading the virus to others, although do remember you were already spreading the virus for days before you came down with any symptoms.
Incubation periods, days in which the virus is hijacking your body cells and producing more virus and you do not appear to be or feel ill, come with all viral infections and an incubation period of 14 days has been chosen as the mean for COVID-19 with a case actually appearing 24 days after exposure.
The most dangerous bioweapon of our time is the anti-vaxx movement. It takes root with an intellectually vulnerable population and though seldom cited for massive fatalities in first-world nations its devastating side effects and complications and the families destroyed go unreported. COVID-19 is the opposite with morbidity rates only a fraction of the Spanish flu. There has been a concerted effort made to mislead the public; a failure in releasing statistics that would cite all reported deaths as primarily related to other causes including just a few murders….Carol
COVID-19 and Kids: Jury Still Out on Scope of Infection
by Molly Walker, Associate Editor, MedPage Today
Little is known about how the COVID-19 coronavirus affects young children, and a small Chinese study provided few answers.
A research letter published in JAMA by Zhi-Jiang Zhang, MD, Ph.D., of Wuhan University, and colleagues examined nine infants with COVID-19, and found two commonalities in all cases: the illness seemed to be mild, and family clustering occurred for all infants, meaning all were from a household with at least one infected family member.
“This shows that infants are getting infected, but at least in this [study], all had a mild illness. Some had no symptoms,” said Waleed Javaid, MD, director of Infection Prevention and Control at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City.
“This is a retrospective study, so it’s limited by information documented and that can be a flaw, as some information may be missing,” Javaid, who was not involved with the research, told MedPage Today.
Even CDC officials have seemed stumped when asked how COVID-19 may affect children.
“There have been multiple hypotheses why there haven’t been that many cases in children,” Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a recent press event. “One hypothesis is there have been [infections], but it’s been mild illness.”
Messonnier added that if sustained transmission occurred in the U.S., keeping children home from school might be an option, given the availability of “teleschooling.” This would potentially limit opportunities for transmission.
Recent studies from China have suggested that older people with preexisting chronic illnesses are most at risk for severe COVID-19 illness and death.
Zhang and colleagues noted that COVID-19 is more likely to affect older men, especially those with chronic comorbidities, but “few infections in children have been reported.” This study examined data from hospitalized infants from Dec. 8, 2019, to Feb. 6, 2020 in China. Infants ranged from age 1 month to 11 months.