1-Year-Old Baby Contracts Coronavirus, Parents Urge People To Stay At Home

1-Year-Old Baby Contracts Coronavirus, Parents Urge People To Stay At Home

Jessie and Joe Mitchell said their son Perran came down with a raging fever on Sunday even as thousands of people continue to flock the beaches and local markets.

In Cornwall, U.K., parents of a baby boy who contracted COVID-19 are appalled that people are not taking calls for the lockdown and self-isolation seriously. Jessie, 32, and Joe Mitchell, 33, were worried when their 1-year-old boy, Perran, came down with a raging fever on Sunday. When they checked, they said he had a "roaring temperature," according to a report in Daily Mail. The Mitchells said the youngster had been badly teething and called emergency services for the same. A physician told them their son was likely infected with the dreaded disease.



The family went for a walk with their son on Sunday, March 22, before he was diagnosed with the disease. They did this to try and calm him down but said it went all downhill quickly. Jessie, who works for Devon and Cornwall Police, said Perran was 'lethargic' and 'really cuddly' and later they noticed he had a very high temperature. She explained, "He had no breathing difficulties or a cough but was on fire with his temperature." When they checked, his temperature was over 102°F (39°C).

The Mitchells are now under self-isolation for 14 days, along with their second child, Felicity. The children’s 66-year-old grandmother, who lives nearby on the same property and has pre-existing health conditions, has also been advised to isolate for the same time period. This is wise given that we now know infants and children, as well as the elderly, are very vulnerable to the disease (although young adults also get infected) and it is imperative to take precautions that it does not spread to them. Taking care of them and reporting the same to a health official or department is of utmost importance. 




The parents are angry that people in their city are still roaming around and going about their business as if everything was normal. Joe has been pleading with people to follow the guidelines issued by the government and stay indoors and stop buying things they didn't need. In a social media post, he expressed him alarm at finding beaches crowded and markets flooded with people, "The beaches in Cornwall were packed today, the streets and shops are full of people buying stuff they do not need. COVID19 is a serious threat to the lives of thousands of people. Perry has been so ill today and our family are now in isolation for 14 days, minimum. 80% of people will catch this and it is projected 23,000 people will DIE in Cornwall alone on it's current trajectory," he warned. Talking to the outlet, Jessie shared that as a mother, it has been a “horrible thing to go through.”




Joe said further, "Get indoors—nothing is more important than your health and that of your family." He added, "He (Perran) has been really poorly. People are still not understanding the severity of what we are in and you still see some being selfish. We have been quite shocked. We assumed we would get it and not him. I just urge everyone to follow the guidelines. Anyone can get it – young or old. A baby or healthy 30-year-old might be okay, but it is the vulnerable people they might give it to that will die. Perran is still not himself, He is really hot and is jerking awake. He is not really eating, but should be ok." 






According to a report in The Independent the death toll in the UK jetted from 87 in a day to a total of 422, as on Wednesday morning.  A total of 8,077 people have tested positive. This number might increase since a total of 90,436 people have been tested so far and results are awaited. 

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