There has been a lot of information surrounding coronavirus and much of it surrounds the infection of adults, and how older people are more vulnerable to this life-threatening virus.
But now a mother of three who is also a doctor has come out about the effect coronavirus can have on small children after her four-year-old son ended up needing oxygen.
For Dr. Anna Zimmermann, a neonatologist, helping parents whose children are seriously sick is common to her, as she has a role treating babies in the NICU.
The mom of six-year-old and four-year-old twins found herself alone and frightened when she stayed by the bedside of her son while he battled COVID-19.
Thankfully Lincoln recovered and was allowed back home but now she wants to share her story to raise awareness.
“Everybody says this isn’t a disease of children,” she added. “Yes, kids [overall] aren’t getting it as severely, but when they do get it – it can be severe. And they can get better.”
Dr. Reginald Washington is the Chief Medical Officer at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. He, too, wants parents to understand children can still get sick from this virus.
“About 70% of kids that have COVID-19 have symptoms, compared to about 90-95% of adults,” according to Dr. Reginald Washington, Chief Medical Officer at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
“So kids can have the same symptoms: fever, cough, muscle aches. And they can be infected. About 10-15% of children that get COVID are under the year of one.”
He is also warning families to take precautions and protect themselves against the deadly virus that can affect people of all ages, specifically social distancing and hand washing. You can view more in this video here. Warning, it may be disturbing for some to watch.