Emma, a 12-year-old girl has been diagnosed with COVID 19 and is currently struggling to stay alive in an Atlanta hospital.
As per CNN, on March 15 Emma was diagnosed with pneumonia and later on tested positive for coronavirus.
Emma does not have any pre-existing conditions and has not been traveling lately. How she got infected is still unknown.
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital revealed that a patient of theirs tested positive for the virus, but did not share any more information.
“The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions. Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws,” said Jessica Pope, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
It is known that elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are the groups of people most vulnerable to the virus. Children are usually contracting it, but they are normally only developing soft cases of the illness.
Of around 45000 Chinese cases in February, there was only one death in a person younger that 20, as per the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and 0 deaths among those younger than 10.
According to a recent study out of 1412 suspected coronavirus cases, one 14-year-old boy has passed away due to the illness. Also, close to 6% of children’s cases have been severe, in comparison to 18.5% of adults’.
Younger people have better prospects of living than the elderly, however, they are not immune to the virus. As per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention younger people make up a big part of those hospitalized.
Their study revealed that around 20% of people hospitalized with COVID 19 in the US are youngsters between ages 20 to 44. The study analyzed close to 2500 patients in the United States whose ages were not disclosed.
According to Justin Anthony, Emma’s mother has given her approval for her story to be told. He had the following to say:
“I know first hand how dangerous it is,” he said. “Everyone keeps saying ‘it doesn’t impact younger people.’ But here’s a 12-year-old fighting for her life. People need to practice social distancing. People need to take care of their children. People need to take this seriously.”
As of Sunday, March 22, there are more than 500 confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia alone, which includes 20 deaths.
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