Effects of coronavirus on infants and children

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Illinois public health officials announced on Saturday the death of a Chicago child who tested positive for the coronavirus. Although the exact cause of death was not determined on Tuesday, it was the first death in the United States of an infant who had contracted the virus.

The virus is more likely to be fatal in adults, but children who have tested positive for COVID-19 have also died. The underlying health conditions increase the risk of serious illness. Experts say the older population remains at higher risk for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Data has shown that older people who are infected are more likely to be hospitalized and less likely to survive the disease. To date, the pandemic has killed more than 3,000 people in the United States.

As of Wednesday morning, the number of cases of COVID-19 diagnosed worldwide has exceeded 880,000 worldwide and is approximately 190,000 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, which means that more people, including babies, have and will have the virus. , experts say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this common sense advice to parents.

1. wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or more alcohol-based.

2. Reduce close contact with others by practicing social distancing. This means staying at home as much as possible and avoiding public places where close contact with others is likely.

3. Keep your children away from others who are sick or keep them at home if they are sick.

4. Teach children to cough and sneeze into a tissue (be sure to throw it out after each use!) or cough and sneeze into your arm or elbow, not your hands.

5. Clean and disinfect your home as usual using regular household sprays or cleaning wipes.

6. Wash stuffed animals or other stuffed toys follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the warmest water possible and dry them completely.

seven. Avoid touching your face; teach your children to do the same.

8. Avoid traveling in heavily infected areas.

9. Follow local and national guidelines on travel restrictions.

New Life in Wuhan During Lockdown

A nurse examines a pregnant woman at a private obstetric hospital in Wuhan in February.

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New Life in Wuhan During Lockdown

A woman and her newborn baby are transferred to a room by a nurse.

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New Life in Wuhan During Lockdown

A nurse checks a baby at Wuhan Private Hospital during the lockout.

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A maternity nurse wears a mask when caring for a newborn baby.

A maternity nurse wears a mask when caring for a newborn baby.

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Virus outbreak in Colombia

A nurse takes a baby’s temperature outside the main bus station in Bogota, Colombia on March 24.

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A baby wears a Hello Kitty facial mask in Manila.

A baby wears a Hello Kitty facial mask in Manila.

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A woman with a baby runs from a truck spraying disinfectant in Venezuela.

A woman carrying a baby hurriedly runs away from a truck spraying disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, in late March.

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A mother prays with her baby at the Hsing Tian Kong temple in Taipei, Taiwan.

A mother prays with her baby at the Hsing Tian Kong temple in Taipei, Taiwan.

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UAE-HEALTH-VIRUS

A woman leaves her children’s school after closing it and suspending registrations due to the coronavirus last week in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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Migrant woman with baby like facial mask

A woman and her baby were among the migrants who flooded a bus terminal in Delhi, India on Sunday, trying to find a way to get home in the middle of a lock.

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