To date, more than 2,000 people in the United States have died from coronavirus infection. This emerged on Saturday evening (local time) from a listing by the renowned Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
At the same time, the Illinois Department of Health announced the first known infant death from Covid-19 in the state.
According to the governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker, an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death and to determine if the child under the age of one had other health problems. This is what the Guardian writes.
Everything must now be done to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not for yourself, then for the people around you, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Health, said. “If you haven’t been careful until now, this may be your wake-up call,” said Pritzker.
WHO Secretary General warned
According to the current status, the lung disease caused by the coronavirus is rather rare in children, so far they have only made up a small part of the coronavirus cases registered worldwide.
Nevertheless, even the youngest are by no means safe from serious infections, as WHO General Secretary Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned a few days ago. A recent study published in the Pediatrics journal on more than 2,000 Chinese children shows that even the youngest can be infected.
However, as the “Tages-Anzeiger” writes, the difficult course remains isolated, and most infected children have extremely mild complaints, as figures from China would show. Only two out of 1,000 children who were proven to have contracted Sars-CoV-2 there are said to be seriously ill. “We have not yet understood why the course is more difficult in older infected people, but children rarely show symptoms in most cases,” Ulrike Protzer, who is researching viruses in Munich, told the newspaper.
Therefore, children rarely have severe courses
However, the scientists already have a number of theories: “The pathogen becomes dangerous to humans primarily because of its novelty,” says virologist John Ziebuhr. For the human body, Sars-CoV-2 is a great stranger with no recognition value. The virus differs too clearly from known pathogens.
The child’s body is much better attuned to first contact with new germs, since it constantly deals with new germs in the first years of life. Ziebuhr: “The children’s immune system therefore responds very appropriately and in a balanced manner: quickly and effectively, but not excessively.”