COVID & KIDS
What we’ve learned about the nation’s most serious cases of COVID-19 in children.
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What we’ve learned about the nation’s most serious cases of COVID-19 in children.
CDC: Children are “at risk” for severe cases of COVID-19 BUT “most reported cases of (COVID-19) in children under 18 appear to be asymptomatic or minor.”
Once hospitalized, children had about the same chance of being admitted to the ICU (about 1 in 3) but lower rate of death.
Median Age: 8 years old
Median length of hospital stay: 2.5 days.
Respiratory distress, shortness of breath were *not* the most common symptoms in children. Top 3 common symptoms:
Cough was listed 4th along with a runny nose/congestion.
Black and Hispanic children were much more likely to be hospitalized than white (this disparity is also seen in adult cases of COVID). The specific reason why remains unknown and data remains incomplete. One important statistic: 42% of ALL children had 1 underlying condition, the most prevalent, obesity.
Researchers want to streamline categorizing your symptoms and try to predict your outcome.
New study reveals their current findings.
1. Flu-like with no fever
2. Flu-like with fever
4. Severe level 1, fatigue
5. Severe level 2, confusion
6. Severe level 3, abdominal and respiratory
“Certainly, we will have to see how this performs in the ‘real world.’ With widespread use, it should ‘learn’ and become progressively more effective.”
For a complete list of category symptoms, click on our source page. The study is not "peer reviewed" - an important step that helps validate medical research. In the midst of the pandemic, many studies released to the public have not been peer reviewed as scientists have scrambled to understand this new illness.
Has the pandemic left us short-changed?
“While there is adequate coin in the economy, the slowed pace of circulation has meant that sufficient quantities of coin are not readily available where needed. With establishments like retail shops, bank branches, transit authorities and laundromats closed, the typical places where coin enters our society have slowed or even stopped the normal circulation of coin.”
For the second day, the President provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 Highlights To Know
“Nationwide, beyond the outbreak in several states, cases remain low and very stable.”
“…we’re requiring increased testing of the nursing home personnel in states where you had the worst outbreaks.”
“Our strategy is to shelter the highest-risk Americans, while allowing younger and healthier citizens to return to work or school while being careful and very vigilant. “
The President said the U.S. gov't is looking carefully at how children transmit COVID-19 and to expect more information "over the next week." The President said the gov't secured doses of a potential vaccine, is focusing on therapeutics, and he remains hopeful for a "cure."
The President updated the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s Three Highlights
“Ultimately, our goal is not merely to manage the pandemic but to end it.”
“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”
“I’m getting used to the mask, and the reason is — think about patriotism.”
On Tuesday, Pres.Trump held the first White House COVID-19 news conference since April. Unlike the earlier briefings with the COVID-19 task force, only the President spoke. He said the next economic relief package (phase 4) is in the works and that both sides want "to get it done" in order to protect workers, schools, and families.
The face-off between federal authorities and locals in Portland, Oregon.
Portland, Oregon: Population 650,000+
50+ days of protests, civil unrest ignited by the death of George Floyd.
Local Reports: Gatherings have been both peaceful and violent.
Violence has escalated in recent weeks.
Citing the increased violence, the Dept. of Homeland Security sent federal law enforcement to support local police & secure federal property.
Locals have *also* accused federal law enforcement officers of increasing violence by overusing force and abusing their position.
“Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.”
“It’s simply like adding gasoline to a fire.”
“Dozens of people with shields, helmets, gas masks, umbrellas, bats, & hockey sticks approached the doors of the courthouse…people lit a fire within the portico in front of the federal courthouse. Others gathered around the fire adding wood & other debris to make it larger.”
“A van pulls up right in front of us. I am basically tossed into the van. I had my beanie pulled over my face so I couldn’t see, and they held my hands over my head.”
Generally speaking, in America you cannot be taken into custody by law enforcement unless they have probable cause of a crime.
Federal courthouses, like all federal properties, are under the protection of federal law enforcement. U.S. Marshals, which are part of the Department of Justice, are responsible for protecting federal courthouses.
On Friday, the Oregon Attorney General sued the federal gov't, alleging the civil rights of citizens were violated when they were detained without probable cause. Last month, federal law enforcement were deployed to Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C. & Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in light of recent unrest.
Reports of “bounties” for the killing of U.S. soldiers serving in America’s longest war.
What To Know
“There was not a consensus among the intelligence community. And, in fact, there were dissenting opinions within the intelligence community, and it would not be elevated to the president until it was verified.”
“I do not understand for a moment why the president is not saying this to the American people right now and is relying on ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I haven’t heard,’ ‘I haven’t been briefed.’ That is just not excusable.”
“We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting, and we will brief the president and congressional leaders at the appropriate time. This is the analytic process working the way it should. Unfortunately, unauthorized disclosures now jeopardize our ability to ever find out the full story with respect to these allegations.”
The President’s critics point to the story as highlighting further evidence that the President isn’t tough enough on Russia.
The President’s allies say this story lacks evidence and serves as another attempt to hurt the President by tying him to false allegations of Russian collusion.
America entered Afghanistan because the Taliban provided al-Qaeda a safe harbor to organize, train, and plot September 11th terror attacks. A shooting on a Navy base in Florida last year was recently tied to al-Qaeda. Read more on our source page.
America’s high court weighs in on one of the most significant abortion law challenges in recent years.
“The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”
The Supreme Court blocks an attempt to end one of the most significant immigration policies in recent years.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The program put in place under the Obama administration, allows *some* who came to U.S. illegally before age 16 to “defer” their illegal status & obtain work permits IF they meet certain qualifications (i.e. graduated from high school, no felony convictions).
“The basic rule here is clear: An agency must defend its actions based on the reasons it gave when it acted.”
“Today’s decision must be recognized for what it is: an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.”
NOW WHAT? The DACA program remains - at least for now. Current DACA recipients have been able to apply for renewals as the case worked its way through the system, but it's unclear when new eligible applicants will be able to apply.
The CDC updates its guidance for returning Americans to work & play during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the highlights for kids going back to school.
Reminder: CDC is not providing a legal directive – just recommendations.
CDC says its “considerations are meant to supplement—not replace” local laws and guidance.
CDC suggestions include disclaimers such as “when practical” and “if feasible” – we didn’t include these everywhere (redundancy!) but they’re used often.
“The more people a student or staff member interacts with, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.”
*CDC acknowledges this is difficult for younger students, and says masks should be worn when social distancing isn’t possible. Question: How does this apply to small groups of young students in a contained classroom? TBD.
Limit sharing – from books to balls to crayons to toys. Students should have their own assigned “gear” and not share.
“Cohorts” – this is a key word found in the guidance. The CDC suggests limiting the widespread mixing of students and staff, and emphasizes keeping people in the same small groups (as a way to limit interactions, therefore preventing or slowing transmission of disease).
Staggered seating on buses.
Staggered pick-up and drop-off times.
Staggered schedules or rotating schedules (virtual school some days, in-school classes other days).
Staggered use of shared spaces, like playgrounds.
During the second week of May, lawmakers during a Senate hearing asked health officials, including CDC Director, for more guidance on getting kids back to school. In addition to the paramount goal of education, schools in America have a dramatic economic impact by providing childcare for working parents.
How monitoring your *Number 2* may help protect your Number 1.
“Wastewater from an entire dorm, or an entire segment of a campus, could be tested to determine whether there is coronavirus in that sewage.”
“There is not a lot of evidence of transmission through stools. I know at least one tabloid in the UK got a lot of coverage by someone speculating that COVID-19 could be spread by flatulence or, to quote the headline, by farting. There really is not a lot of science behind that.”
A lead researcher in wastewater surveillance refers to our sewage systems as “the information superhighway under your feet.” Just how much sewage would be needed to get an accurate read of COVID-19 community outbreaks is TBD.
What to know about a first-of-its-kind quick test for COVID-19.
FDA approved first “antigen test” for COVID-19.
Test looks for “fragments of proteins found on or within the virus” (FDA).
Uses a nasal swab and machines already available in many doctor’s offices.
Results in 15 minutes.
“…positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection.”
The FDA says this is hopefully the first of many antigen tests.
Antigen tests are widely used for flu and strep.
However, some doctors may still want to send you to test site. Not all offices will be able to follow protocols required for administering a COVID-19 test (ex: full protective gear for each & every test).
3 main types of COVID-19 tests.
Fmr. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb told the Washington Post: “We need these kinds of tests...This is a nice complement to the overall testing platform in this country.” In the past, as testing availability increases, infection numbers *do* rise but mortality rates go down. It's TBD if this will happen with COVID-19.