Emma was first diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and later tested positive with coronavirus on Friday night.
03/26/2020, UPDATE: Emma is now doing better and is responding well to her parents. Doctors have declared that she is showing considerable improvement.
A 12-year-old girl who had been tested positive for the coronavirus is "fighting for her" life in an Atlanta hospital. Emma was first diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and later tested positive with coronavirus on Friday night, according to her cousin Justin Anthony. Emma has been on a ventilator as of Saturday and is supposedly in a stable condition right now, though she continues to battle vigorously to fight the disease. CNN reported that Emma had no pre-existing conditions, and had not traveled anywhere recently, leading to a puzzling diagnosis on how exactly she might have contracted the virus.
"The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions. Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws," said hospital spokeswoman Jessica Pope. As of Monday, at least 400 people have died due to the novel coronavirus in the United States, another grim milestone as the number of US cases topped 32,000 on Sunday. The outlet reported that health experts have stated that the virus is affecting the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions the most. Though even children are contracting and spreading the virus, the symptoms they experience have been noted to develop in much milder cases of the illness.
Emma, 12, no preexisting conditions and “fighting for her life" in an Atlanta hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to her cousin. https://t.co/uloN1UelFB— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 23, 2020
Anthony spoke to CNN saying that Emma's mother has given him the family's permission to tell her story to the public. He himself wants to let people know that coronavirus is something serious and not to be taken for granted. "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 outlet affirmed that as of Sunday, there were more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia, including 20 deaths, according to the latest data.
ALL #Americans are capable of contracting #coronavirus. All Americans could help each other by doing what is asked of us.— ST Katz 🌊 🌈 (@KatzST) March 23, 2020
-Wash your Hands
-Minimize contact with others
-Keep your distance when around others if grocery shopping or picking up medicine.
Do Your Part Please.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted there were no deaths among children younger than 10. According to their national authorities, out of 731 confirmed and 1,412 suspected cases of COVID-19 in children in China, only one child, a 14-year-old had succumbed to the disease and died. This was confirmed by a new study that is soon to be published in the journal Pediatrics in June. The study also remarked that nearly 6% of the children's cases were severe, as compared to adults where 18.5% were experiencing severe symptoms.
This is why we are feeling less than comfortable about sending our kids to school. Most other countries have closed schools for good reasons. Education data may decline, but keeping families and the social fabric intact is more important.— DrK (@DrKW12) March 23, 2020
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a report on Wednesday stating that younger people are starting to make up a large portion of hospitalizations. According to them, up to 20% of people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States are in fact young adults between ages 20 to 44. Their own study analyzed the cases of over 2,500 patients in the US with their ages made known. As per their report, there were no ICU admissions reported for those under the age of 19.
Pull them out. My kid’s school tried to continue remaining open when the public schools had been closed. I pulled her out-one of the parents had been exposed and sending her kid to school bc the county decided she didn’t need to be quarantined. We are on our own.— No Camp 4 Barky B Bad (@BarkyB1) March 23, 2020
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