WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Children exhibit different symptoms of COVID-19 from adults.
- Mayo Clinic lists poor appetite, diarrhea, and nausea for COVID-19 in children.
- Six-year-old Gigi Morse had vomiting and a rash on her shoulder.
COVID-19 signs in adults are present differently in children. Grieving parents of a 6-year-old child did not know that their daughter had the virus until the day of her death.
Their daughter did not exhibit the symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath, typical of coronavirus patients.
Priscilla and David Morse did not notice anything abnormal. Gigi had autism, epilepsy and hydrocephalus and she was having treatment for her hydrocephalus. She just had a shunt fitted to drain extra cerebrospinal fluid and her parents thought that it was causing their daughter to throw up.
Priscilla Morse said that is the reason why they brought her to the doctor. “Typically, we wouldn’t take our kids to the doctor for throwing up twice but because of her special needs we took her to the doctor,” she added.
While trying to hold back tears, she recalled that at the doctor’s office, “We were told, ‘She’s got a stomach bug. Take her home, let her eat some popsicles, get some rest.’ So, we took her home, put her down for a nap.”
When she came back from the store after buying popsicles, she came home to ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars in front of her house. And Gigi was dead.
Priscilla and David Morse now warn parents that children exhibit different COVID-19 symptoms from adults. Gigi only had a rash on her shoulder, aside from vomiting.
“Any parents who have kids who are lethargic, throwing up, and have a rash – they need to go [to a doctor],” Priscilla Morse added.
According to the Mayo Clinic, these signs may not be common in adults, but they are on children. Diarrhea, poor appetite, and nausea are also symptoms found in children.
For now, efforts to raise funds for Gigi’s medical expenses, loss, and treatment for her 11-year-old sibling who found her not breathing, has already reached more than $28,000 on GoFundMe.
Priscilla and David Morse have already recovered from COVID-19 when Gigi fell sick.