Our Kids and COVID-19
Parents, we are with you. COVID-19 has us confused and, dare we say, a little anxious as we try to determine how to protect our families. In addition to following CDC guidelines and the advice of our physicians and local health departments, we here at Tucan will also be seeking out advice from our most knowledgeable experts, so we can all stay informed.
First, a reassuring fact: Children are less at risk for serious infection by the virus than adults, and it appears that the younger they are, the more resistance they have.
- Children make up only 2.4% of the COVID-19 cases
- Children who test positive for COVID-19 usually show milder symptoms, such as those from a cold or flu, or no symptoms at all.
- Newborns seem to be the most resistant. One study found that in China, between Dec. 8 and Feb. 6 when there were 31,211 cases of COVID-19, only 9 infants were hospitalized nationwide, and none had serious complications or needed intensive care.
- According to the CDC: “In limited studies on women with COVID-19 and another coronavirus infection…the virus has not been detected in breast milk; however we do not know whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breast milk.”
- No deaths have been reported for children under the age of 10.
(Note that children who already have an illness, and premature infants, are still considered high risk.)
The more serious role kids might play is in transmission. Children can have the virus while not displaying any symptoms, then transmit it to those at risk: grandparents, adults over 60, and individuals who are immunocompromised, have chronic illnesses, or cardiovascular or lung issues. Pregnant women are also included in the at-risk group, since there are no scientific reports yet. So it’s crucial that we follow the guidelines we’ve been hearing about from the CDC:
- Wash hands frequently
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Wear a face mask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
It’s not a time to panic, but it is a time to take precautions and action. So stay calm, wash your hands (please. a lot.), and appreciate the world and the people around you. We’re all in this together. Be well.