The first known case of a child passing away after developing coronavirus has been reported out of California.
According to Los Angeles County officials, a child in Lancaster has died after developing the virus. Los Angeles Daily News reports that the victim was a 17-year-old boy who was in otherwise good health.
LA County public health officials, however, added that the child’s death may have an alternate explanation. The case is still under investigation.
“Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality.”
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris reportedly said that the health officials’ statement was “nonsensical” since the boy died from septic shock after his body had an “overwhelming response to an infection.”
“Everyone should be truly horrified. We were told and we believed that this would not kill children and we learned today that is wrong,” Parris said. “How could this get any more horrible than it already is? That’s how.”
Parris added that boy’s father also tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the Global Sepsis Alliance, a non-profit charity organization that deals with sepsis issues, coronavirus can lead to septic shock.
“Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection,” the organization wrote. “From information presently available on clinical cases of COVID-19, it appears that a small percentage of COVID-19 infections can result in such organ dysfunction and death.”
Meanwhile, KPBS reports that San Diego County officials announced that two babies, a 6-week-old boy, and a 4-month-old girl, have tested positive for coronavirus. They’re both currently isolated in their homes.
“Things are likely to get worse before they get better. We do not believe that the local wave of COVID-19 cases has yet crested,” Public Health Office Dr. Wilma Wooten said. “It’s incumbent upon on all of us to do our part to flatten the curve.”
In Florida, a 7-month-old baby boy tested posted for coronavirus, WLRN reports. Herine Baron, an ER nurse at Jackson North Medical Center in Miami-Dade County, who recently tested positive for the virus, is the mother of the infant.
“According to the doctors, they told me that for babies, they’re able to fight it off more better than an adult,” Baron said in a YouTube video. “My son is asymptomatic. He’s not showing any signs that I’ve been having.”
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