- The coronavirus has proven to be deadly and risky for the elderly as well as people who are immunocompromised
- However, healthy and young individuals could still acquire the virus as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- A pediatrician also recently shared that "80%" of children may have the virus but are likely to be asymptomatic
- The doctor also gave advice to families with children regarding the signs of COVID-19 during the interview
The spread of the deadly coronavirus around the globe has proven to be risky for the elderly as well as the immunocompromised.
However, KAMI learned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that healthy and young individuals could become a victim to the virus as well.
According to the latest research conducted by the CDC on April 6, children, including infants, could acquire the virus and become extremely ill as a result.
In the reports, which they have gathered from February 12 to April 2, three deaths were reported from the 2,572 cases out of nearly 150,000 confirmed cases that were studied by the CDC.
Dr. Dyan Hes, a pediatrician and the founder of Gramercy Pediatrics, shared in an interview with CBS News that most children (about 80%-90%) are asymptomatic.
Furthermore, a CDC report also acknowledged that children with mild or no symptoms of the virus at all could have had a role to play in the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Hes also advised families to assume that children have the virus once they begin to show symptoms that are consistent with the virus.
Fever, cough, and even shortness of breath in some cases are among the most common symptoms of the coronavirus as stated by the CDC.
Aside from this, Hes also added that families should opt to have an online consultation with a doctor instead of going straight to the pediatrician with their child.
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