15 Tips from a Mom in the Middle of a Coronavirus Outbreak

byJane Bianchi| PUBLISHED Mar 5, 2020 5:21 PM
15 Tips from a Mom in the Middle of a Coronavirus Outbreak
Many viral illnesses, including the flu, are especially dangerous for young children than they are for grown ups. But so far, this doesn’t seem to be true for the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “There haven’t been any recorded deaths in children,” says White. “Not to say that can’t change, but it’s a really good thing that kids are doing well.” Even though most children are likely to have only mild symptoms if they’re infected, certain kids are at higher risk of severe reactions. “This includes immunocompromised kids such as those with chronic respiratory issues, cystic fibrosis, asthma and those being treated for cancer,” says White. “Children on immunosuppressive drugs to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis and inflammatory arthritis may also be at higher risk.”. Getty Images
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Florida is one of the areas of the United States with multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the scary new coronavirus. When Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency here, I got worried. But it was even more frightening when I saw this headline staring at me from the Tampa Bay Times: “Florida's Third Coronavirus Case Is Found in Hillsborough.” That’s my county. So not only is the virus in my state, it’s only a few miles away from where me, my husband and our two kids, ages 1 and 4, live. I needed advice and reassurance, so I reached out to Nadeen White, M.D., a pediatrician practicing hospital medicine in Atlantafor help. I hope that what I learned will help you keep your own family calm and safe during this public health crisis.