WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Emma, 12 years old, is “fighting for her life” in a hospital in Atlanta after her test results came back positive for COVID-19.
- It is still undetermined how she has contracted the virus.
- She was admitted to the hospital and is currently in stable condition.
Emma, 12 years old, was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and on Friday night it was confirmed coronavirus after test results came back. She was placed under a ventilator on Saturday, says her cousin.
Justin Anthony told CNN that the mother had agreed to share the story. He said he wants people to realize how serious the virus really is.
He says that she is currently in stable condition, confined at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital. However, how she contracted the virus remains unclear to this day. Emma had not traveled recently nor did she have pre-existing conditions.
Jessica Pope, the spokeswoman for the hospital, confirmed that the patient had tested positive for COVID-19.
“The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions. Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws,” she says.
Health experts agree that the elderly and immunocompromised are more at risk, but everybody can still get sick. Children may test positive for the coronavirus, but symptoms developed are generally mild.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 731 children tested positive and 1,412 children are under investigation for COVID-19. There are no recorded deaths below age 10 out of the 45,000 total confirmed cases throughout China, as of February 11. There was, however, one 14-year-old boy who died, according to a new study that will be published in the journal Pediatrics in June.
This study also specifies that nearly 6% of total recorded COVID-19 cases in children are severe, lower than the 18.5% among adults.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 20% of confirmed cases in hospitals in the United States are from 20 to 44 years old. 2,500 patients, whose ages were known, were used for the analysis that leads to the estimate. There were no reported cases below the age of 19.
“I know first-hand how dangerous it is,” he said. “Everyone keeps saying ‘it doesn’t impact younger people.’ But here’s 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.”
The state of Georgia records more than 500 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 20 related deaths on Sunday.