What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus in Kids and Pregnant Women?Kiran Nasim
Kids and pregnant women have a very fragile immune system and the chances of them catching any infections and diseases is tremendously high in comparison to other adults. Hence, they are put in the vulnerable group.
Coronavirus in Children
The CDC’s latest guidance notes that while children make up 22% of the population, only 7% of all diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the US were for children (as of 8/23/20).
Amid the ongoing pandemic, it is a relief for the parents that the disease is much milder in children and babies. The symptoms are not very serious and to be worried upon, in most cases, kids show no symptoms at all. Experts are still in the process of learning about the extent the virus is affecting the children and are of the opinion that prevention is better than cure. According to a recent American Academy of Pediatrics report, severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children. In rare cases, severe symptoms of Covid-19 have occurred in children proving deadly.
Experts believe that the transmission of viruses through children is also a possibility As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your kids five tips to prevent the spread of the virus. These are,
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds. Scrub, scrub, and scrub
- Masks are mandatory
- Visit friends from home, through telephonic media
- Use sanitizer when water not available
- Cover your sneeze and cough
Symptoms of Coronavirus in Children:
The most common symptoms in children are cough and/or fever, but children may also show no symptoms at all. Symptoms seen in kids include:
- Sudden continuous cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Vomiting or Diarrhoea
- Sudden loss of smell and taste
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen hand or feet
If any two or more of these symptoms appear in your child, you should go for a Covid-19 test as early as possible. You should stay at home and do not allow visitors until the results reports are out. If you notice any of the following signs in your kid, immediately seek medical assistance:
- Bluish lips
- Inability to open eyes
- Dehydration because of inability to keep down liquids
- Difficulty in breathing
Children always imitate adults, therefore, in order for them to adopt the preventive measures, we the parents need to follow recommended protocols ourselves first.
Coronavirus and Pregnant Women
Are pregnant women at greater risk of catching the virus? Nobody has the answer to this question yet. But one fact is already established by studies that the pregnant women are at greater risk of catching any respiratory illnesses, probably because of the weaker immune system and all the developments their lungs and respiratory system are going through. Even a simple fever is considered dangerous during pregnancy as that can be a sign of infection, which can harm the baby as well as the mother. Especially if you are Asian, African American, or in your third semester of pregnancy, you are considered to be a high-risk of getting exposed to the infections.
Symptoms of Coronavirus in Pregnant Women:
Pregnant women need to be extra cautious during this uncertain situation. The symptoms of coronavirus in pregnant women are the same as in normal human beings. These include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Loss of smell or taste or both
- Muscle pain
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the above symptoms and seek immediate medical assistance.
Pregnant or not, you need to be prepared to protect yourself and your family from the deadly coronavirus. Simple habits like hand washing, wearing masks, avoiding social contact can protect you and your baby.