A 12-year-old girl at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital is “fighting for her life” after testing positive for coronavirus. She had no prior health conditions and has not recently traveled.
CNN reported that Justin Anthony said his cousin Emma was placed on a ventilator Saturday after being confirmed positive the day before for coronavirus.
On March 15 she was diagnosed with pneumonia but days later Emma received the test results for coronavirus as per the report.
12-Year-Old Is “Fighting For Her Life” and Is On A ventilator
As per the report online, Anthony said his young cousin is “fighting for her life” despite having no pre-existing conditions that would put her at higher risk for the infectious disease. It is unclear how she got sick.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital has confirmed that a patient has tested positive for the virus but provided no further details, the hospital spokeswoman Jessica Pope told the outlet that “Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws.”
Justin Anthony, her cousin did upload this status on Facebook to provide his friend with the details.
Are Children At Risk for Coronavirus?
This is not a one off case, a 7-month-old baby from rural South Carolina was tested positive for the coronavirus after being diagnosed with viral pneumonia and running a high fever, according to a report.
His mother spoke out to warn parents coronavirus that while coronavirus is said to be more serious for older adults, it does not make children immune to it.
In a Facebook post, mom Courtney Doster wrote, “COVID19 isn’t a joke. This isn’t time to go out and have play dates, or go to Walmart, or go out to eat. Stay home people please! Nothing worse than your 7-month-old running 104 fever, being poked and prodded over and over, and then being told he’s positive. He has pneumonia which is the most severe form of this virus.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study earlier in the week that indicated less than 1% of the hospitalized cases were patients age 19 or younger