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26 Mar 2020, 1:43 am

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/\When the drone detects a viral person it sprays them with Lysol.

Have a feeling it's going to be more like this.

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That too. :mrgreen:


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26 Mar 2020, 1:57 am

New York Gov. Cuomo says social distancing efforts are working to slow coronavirus

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Social distancing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in New York, the epicenter of the American outbreak, are showing signs of working, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

Estimates from Sunday showed coronavirus hospitalizations were doubling every 2 days, he said. But Monday's estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days, and Tuesday's estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days.

"That is almost too good to be true. But the theory is given the density that we're dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly," he said.

In addition, New York had 4,790 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a decrease from the 5,707 positive tests on Monday. Though just one data point, it was the first time in over a week that new cases were lower than the day before, according to the state's count. Cuomo cautioned the outbreak is expected to peak in about two to three weeks.

Overall, more than 30,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York, including 17,856 cases in New York City, the country's largest and most densely populated city. The state tally is more than half of the US total, Cuomo said.
Of the over 30,000 positive cases in New York, 12% of people are in the hospital, 3% are in the intensive care unit and 285 people have died so far, Cuomo said.

"We have 10 times the problem that the next state has," he said.


Louisiana governor says his state has the fastest growth rate of coronavirus cases in the world
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Louisiana has the fastest rate of growth rate of coronavirus cases in the world, the state's Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a news conference on Sunday, citing a University of Louisiana Lafayette study.

Graphs provided to CNN by the governor's office show the rate of growth in the state on a steep upward trajectory similar to that of hard-hit Italy and Spain.

The state has the third highest number of cases per capita in the country -- behind New York and Washington state, Edwards said.

Within a week, Louisiana has gone from reporting fewer than 100 cases to more than 1,000 as of Monday night.

"That's a ten time increase in seven days," Edwards said.

Twenty people have died in Louisiana after becoming infected with coronavirus.

The governor said the state could run out of healthcare capacity within seven to 10 days should spread continue as it has.

There is no reason to believe that we won't be the next Italy," he warned. "We have the fastest growth rate of confirmed cases in the world in the first 13 days right here in Louisiana."

"In the last two weeks our growth rate has been faster than any state or country in the world," Edwards said. "This is why it matters."

"If we want to flatten the curve we have to take more aggressive mitigation measures now and limit social contact now," he said. "We've got to take action now."

There were 1,172 cases of coronavirus across 36 Louisiana parishes as of late Monday night.
That number includes 24 confirmed cases at Lambeth House, a retirement community in New Orleans, said Dr. Alexander Billioux, assistant secretary of health for the state's Office of Public Health.

Seven deaths have been linked to the cluster of cases at Lambeth House, Billioux said.

Restrictions are now being placed on visitors to such communities as part of an order issued by Edwards on Sunday for residents to stay home

Edwards is one of eight governors to issue a statewide stay at home order in an effort to stop the coronavirus from spreading. The order will take effect for Louisiana residents on Monday and end on April 12.

As part of the order, non essential businesses, including personal care and entertainment venues must close by 5 p.m. Monday night.

Edwards said state buildings would remain open for essential work but would be closed to the public.

Pharmacies, grocery stores and doctors' offices will remain open, Edwards said. Restaurants also will remain open for drive- through, delivery and take out options only.

Before Edwards' order, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, on Friday, issued a stay at home order for her city, closing businesses and banning gathers of more than 10 people.

"If you don't have any essential function or cannot safely maintain social distancing, you need to stay home," Cantrell said at a Friday news conference. "Don't look for ways for the rules to not apply for you ... stay home."

A special police team is being created to help enforce the order. The team will respond to 311 calls reporting large gatherings and any businesses that don't comply could lose their license to operate within the city permanently, according to a tweet from the New Orleans Police Department.


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26 Mar 2020, 2:03 am

Australia:
British tourist in gaol for not self-isolating.
And some people are providing false addresses to immigration, thereby avoiding self-isolation.


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26 Mar 2020, 3:23 am

wealthy Australian jet setters flouting self-isolation laws and infecting other wealthy people :lol:
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/healt ... 3f2f995ac7

For once separation of the rich and the poor has at least protected us poor folk



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26 Mar 2020, 3:54 am

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For once separation of the rich and the poor has at least protected us poor folk

California homeless people nowadays live in hotels. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-homeless-hotels-prevent-coronavirus-explosion-on-the-streets

This is from two weeks ago: Mexico is considering closing its border to stop Americans ...: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8110163/Mexico-wants-close-border-Americans-stop-spread-coronavirus.html

This virus has a funny way of turning things upside-down.


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26 Mar 2020, 3:58 am

Australia:

Neighbours reported a couple who were infected but did not self-isolate.
Rumour: A fine of $55,000 has been issued for self-isolation infringement.

Selfishness at a new low.
Those who didn't self-isolate, I mean. :wink:


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Down with big business!...
I'm not here to change the world...There isn't a big enough soiled nappy bin... ;)
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Truth may be inconvenient but it is never politically incorrect...The Oracle of Truth has spoken...8) I'm a rationalist...Deal with it...:mrgreen:


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26 Mar 2020, 4:12 am

Crime hotline running, errr, hot about people reporting recalcitrants.

500 test kits on the way to Australia.
The test kit can give a result in 15 minutes, not 3 days.
Best time to test is 4-5 days into the disease.
99% accuracy if done at 11th day.

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Mass hoarding and shipping of strategic goods to China by resident Australians of Chinese heritage.
(The truth, assuming it is, is the truth. Reference: Chris Smith.)


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Down with big business!...
I'm not here to change the world...There isn't a big enough soiled nappy bin... ;)
Autistic/scout motto: "Give me a better argument and I will listen..."
"Honesty is not a social duty, not a sacrifice for the sake of others, but the most profoundly selfish virtue man can practice: his refusal to sacrifice the reality of his own existence to the deluded consciousness of others."
Truth may be inconvenient but it is never politically incorrect...The Oracle of Truth has spoken...8) I'm a rationalist...Deal with it...:mrgreen:


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26 Mar 2020, 4:18 am

As a former Las Vegas resident this is quite surreal to me.



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26 Mar 2020, 5:00 am

As promised: The video

A long podcast (1Hr 6 Minutes) for the hardcore.
The points below were made in the video and not my input.

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Bret and Heather explore the predicament we have landed in.



-Virus's don't want to kill you.
-"Don't lick butts"
-Decay factor of the virus.
-Air droplets can hang in the air for a few hours.
-It won't blow off from a dry surface.
-Wear masks.
-Public health consideration, not personal.
-Concern about supply, hence misinformation.
-Gross negligence.
-Of course, a bandana is effective to some degree.
-Feel jeopardy all the time.
-Keep the house safe to reduce anxiety.
-Wear glasses.
-Cloth gloves.
-Launder clothes.
-Take a shower.
-Drugs for pneumonia, not for coronavirus.
-Fatality rates presented are way higher than actuality. :P
-Spreading through asymptomatic carriers.
-Almost certainly immune after infection, for a spell.
-Loss of a sense of smell/taste.
-Getting the economy running through immune workers.
-Antibody testing a week later.
-Antigen Vs antibody testing.
- Type "O" blood "protective".
-Those who had it, but didn't know, w/could be immuned and contribute to the economy
-Not enough data provided to make informed decisions.
-Viruses don't like sun, Vitamine "D" is good for you, it is an anti-viral.
-Open windows and get a cross breeze.
-Cabin fever is a real thing (for NTs ;))
-Relief by interacting via the internet.


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Down with big business!...
I'm not here to change the world...There isn't a big enough soiled nappy bin... ;)
Autistic/scout motto: "Give me a better argument and I will listen..."
"Honesty is not a social duty, not a sacrifice for the sake of others, but the most profoundly selfish virtue man can practice: his refusal to sacrifice the reality of his own existence to the deluded consciousness of others."
Truth may be inconvenient but it is never politically incorrect...The Oracle of Truth has spoken...8) I'm a rationalist...Deal with it...:mrgreen:


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26 Mar 2020, 7:49 am

COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL - VOLUNTEERING - STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE TO HELP IN THIS WAR

As coronavirus cases start to overwhelm U.S. hospitals, American companies say they're starting to make face masks and other personal protective equipment critically needed by medical staff.

In Minnesota, the MyPillow company is refocusing 75 percent of its production to face masks for health care workers.

"We have capacity to make a lot of things at big rates and we’re going to be going hopefully from 10,000 units a day to 50,000 units a day in a very short period of time," CEO Mike Lindell told FOX 9 of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

In New Jersey, Stuart Carlitz, president and CEO of mattress company Eclipse International, said he made the decision to switch production to masks last week after hearing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo say that state had a shortage and was paying high prices for masks.

“My first thought was that’s really terrible that people would take advantage of this time to profit,” he said, according to NJ.com.

He said he realized one of the materials used in face masks is also used in his mattresses. He ordered the other materials and is ready to start production.

The company is making an initial batch of 38,000 masks, which will be donated to a hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., where the factory is located.

“I’m not trying to sell masks,” Carlitz said. “Whether it’s a dollar apiece or four dollars apiece, that’s not going to change my business. I’m going to donate the masks.”

The Tablecloth Company in Paterson, N.J., decided to start making masks after requests from customers, including nursing homes where the virus can easily spread, according to NJ.com.

Los Angeles-based apron company Hedley & Bennett will also be putting its 30 factory employees to work on face masks. Owner Ellen Bennett said she was inspired after hearing fashion designer Christian Siriano had directed his seamstresses to start manufacturing them.

Other American fashion brands like Hanes, Los Angeles Apparel and Michael Costello and Karla Colletto Swimwear are also asking their workers to start making masks.

Michigan-based Ford is assisting General Electric Healthcare with ventilator production, according to Yahoo Finance.

Source: MyPillow, other US companies making face masks to meet coronavirus shortages

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Just one month ago, co-owner of Bendt Distilling Company Natasha DeHart was creating her unique blend of Texas whiskeys at her distillery in Lewisville. Now, she has shifted production entirely to combat the coronavirus and help Dallas County by producing and providing free hand sanitizer to local law enforcement, hospitals and first responders.

Source: Texas female distillery founder provides much-needed hand sanitizer to first responders

Some of the biggest names in liquor are fighting back against the coronavirus.

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Pernod Ricard, which owns global brands including Absolut Vodka and Jameson Irish Whiskey, has pledged to convert facilities in Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, and Kentucky to the production of hand sanitizer. Similarly, Bacardi Rum, in partnership with Puerto Rico-based manufacturer Olein Refinery, has begun distributing a hand sanitizer made to USPS workers, firefighters and police in their local communities with plans to expand their production to more than 1.7 million 10-ounce bottles of sanitizer. Texas-based vodka brand Tito's announced on Sunday that they were ironing out the details on producing and distributing 24 tons of hand sanitizer for donation.

Local spirits producers are also working to provide for their communities, including Whiskey Ranch in Ft. Worth, Texas, Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. in Kentucky, Burdett, New York's Finger Lakes Distilling, Koval Distillery in Chicago.

Rochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling switched their operations to producing hand sanitizer just as they were preparing to shut down production following the statewide order to stop functions of non-essential businesses. "On Monday morning the FDA guidance for producing ethanol based hand sanitizer had come out and I knew that we could do it," says Black Button Distilling President and Head Distiller Jason Barrett. "By Friday we had delivered 4,300 bottles and exhausted our initial supply of ingredients. All week and through the weekend we sourced more ingredients and better packaging ... we hope to bottle 30,000 bottles in the next 5-8 days."

Distilleries Around the Country Are Now Making Hand Sanitizer

Here is a complete list of distilleries making hand sanitizers: Complete List of Distilleries (Including Anheuser-Busch) Making Hand Sanitizers Instead of Spirits

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Dyson said the company had designed and built an entirely new ventilator, called the "CoVent," since he received a call 10 days ago from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Source: James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

Elon Musk is helping hospitals deal with the outbreak in other ways as well. Over the weekend, he told CleanTechnica that his companies will soon start distributing 250,000 N95 masks, critically needed medical respirators that help keep doctors and nurses safe during the outbreak.

Some of this protective gear has already hit the road, making its way to UCLA Health Hospital in Los Angeles and the Seattle home of a doctor at the University of Washington Medical Center who's researching the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, which is known as COVID-19.

Musk has delivered 1,255 ventilators, which he bought from China, to California officials.

Both SpaceX and Tesla are working on ventilators, Musk has said. And other companies are doing so as well. On Sunday, for example, President Donald Trump gave Ford and General Motors, along with Tesla, an official manufacturing green light.

Source: Elon Musk says he'll have 1,200 ventilators ready to deliver this week


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26 Mar 2020, 8:50 am

Pepe wrote:
As promised: The video

A long podcast (1Hr 6 Minutes) for the hardcore.
The points below were made in the video and not my input.

Quote:
Bret and Heather explore the predicament we have landed in.



-Virus's don't want to kill you.
-"Don't lick butts"
-Decay factor of the virus.
-Air droplets can hang in the air for a few hours.
-It won't blow off from a dry surface.
-Wear masks.
-Public health consideration, not personal.
-Concern about supply, hence misinformation.
-Gross negligence.
-Of course, a bandana is effective to some degree.
-Feel jeopardy all the time.
-Keep the house safe to reduce anxiety.
-Wear glasses.
-Cloth gloves.
-Launder clothes.
-Take a shower.
-Drugs for pneumonia, not for coronavirus.
-Fatality rates presented are way higher than actuality. :P
-Spreading through asymptomatic carriers.
-Almost certainly immune after infection, for a spell.
-Loss of a sense of smell/taste.
-Getting the economy running through immune workers.
-Antibody testing a week later.
-Antigen Vs antibody testing.
- Type "O" blood "protective".
-Those who had it, but didn't know, w/could be immuned and contribute to the economy
-Not enough data provided to make informed decisions.
-Viruses don't like sun, Vitamine "D" is good for you, it is an anti-viral.
-Open windows and get a cross breeze.
-Cabin fever is a real thing (for NTs ;))
-Relief by interacting via the internet.


He's wrong on at least one point: you can be re-infected with it.


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26 Mar 2020, 9:12 am

US unemployment claims shatter record as coronavirus hammers economy

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The number of Americans filing for unemployment surged to 3.28 million last week, shattering a decades-old record in jobless claims as the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses around the country to shutter their doors.

The number eclipsed the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982 and is well above the levels seen in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the Labor Department said in its weekly report. The data dates back to 1967.

The four-week moving average was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week’s revised average.

"Most historical comparisons of this scale are inadequate," said Glassdoor senior economist Daniel Zhao. "The closest would be natural disasters like major hurricanes. However, as today's report shows, the coronavirus outbreak is economically akin to a major hurricane occurring in every state around the country for weeks on end.”

Restaurants, bars, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, automakers and entertainment venues have been hit hard by the pandemic as cities and states, trying to mitigate the spread of the virus, have ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and told residents to stay at home.

Jobless claims bring the first hard evidence that the novel coronavirus is bringing the nation's economy to a grinding halt. But economists have warned the number will likely continue to rise in the coming weeks.

Laid-off workers reported waiting hours on the phone last week to apply for unemployment benefits. Websites in multiple states, including New York and Oregon, crashed because so many people were trying to apply at once.

Claims increased in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. with nine states reporting increases of at least 100,000 from the previous week. Pennsylvania reported the biggest number of claims, with 378,900, followed by Ohio at 187,000 and California at 186,000.

The head of the central bank said that the virus will dictate the recovery time-table, but warned that economic activity will decline, "probably substantially," in the second quarter of the year.

"We may well be in a recession," Powell said. "There's nothing fundamentally wrong with our economy, quite the contrary. In principle, if we get the virus under control, economic activity can resume, and we want to make that rebound as vigorous as possible."


3-week-old infant in New York is youngest coronavirus patient in US
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We all hoped it wouldn't happen, but now more and more young children are testing positive and requiring hospitalization for coronavirus across the nation.

Fox News can exclusively confirm the youngest patient in the U.S. has been identified as a 3-week-old infant who was treated at NYU Winthrop Hospital on New York's Long Island in Mineola for several days. The baby has since been released and is now recuperating at home.

As more and more children fall ill from COVID-19, the narrative that little ones are mostly immune to it is quickly changing. While children can recover from it quicker than older adults, like any illness, there could be medical complications that escalate quickly.

Experts say it's a reminder that young people, parents and caregivers cannot let their guard down when it comes to social distancing and keeping a close eye on potential symptoms.

Reports of children with positive cases in the U.S. have ranged from 7-month-olds to teenagers. Many have at first appeared to have simple cold and flu symptoms, like fever, cough and congestion, which then spiraled and required hospitalization.

Dr. Asif Noor, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at NYU Winthrop, explained to Fox News what he has seen with pediatric patients who have tested positive, and what parents and caregivers can do to help keep kids safe.

When his staff first started seeing children who were testing positive, they knew it was coming based on the data U.S. doctors had seen reported in China and Europe and had prepared for it. They are now implementing the plans they had ready to treat young patients.

He said doctors are prepared to provide oxygen to youngsters if they need help breathing.

"And when we plan to send them home if they don't require oxygen. They can be observed safely at home," he said. "We are instructing these parents to adhere to common sense infection control precautions at home."

Dr. Noor explained that children who are experiencing even mild symptoms can be a big risk factor for others in the family home, especially seniors, and recommended keeping a close eye on fevers and respiratory symptoms with young ones, calling your pediatrician right away to talk through the next steps.

They are going to guide you, they are going to tell you, OK, if they are mild symptoms, if you can take care of them at home, just better the fever control with the Tylenol. If you can make sure they are eating and drinking, then you just stay home and they are going to recover because, based on my experience, it is a self-limiting infection in children."

Noor said the good news is children seem to recover more quickly and don't seem to get as sick as adults.

But, if you have a young child with symptoms and live in a multi-generational household, there are some ways to safeguard your family.

"You make sure if there is an elderly person or someone who has an underlying medical problem, you limit contact with them realistically as much as possible. I mean, with some families, maybe they can ask their grandma and grandpa to go and live with the uncle and aunt for a week or two weeks. Maybe it's not possible, but then you'll have to separate them. Make sure the elderly, the vulnerable, stay in one room. And if you are sick, stay in the other room."

Other pediatric specialists agree, younger children can be more susceptible to infection because their respiratory symptoms are still developing, putting some children who have been exposed at higher risk.


Citations To Be Issued, Parks Could Be Shut Down in Chicago
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Visibly frustrated with reports of gatherings throughout Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a stern warning to those who continue to get together during the COVID-19 pandemic: We will shut it down and you may be arrested.

“Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart,” Lightfoot said. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront. The situation Is deadly serious and we need you take it deadly seriously.”

Lightfoot added that spending long periods of time outdoors, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither is going into closed spaces, like playgrounds.

“You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down. You must abide by the order. Outside, is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks. I can’t emphasize enough that we abide the rules.”

Chicago Park District CEO Mike Kelly said outside spaces are open but need to be used judiciously.

“The parks and open space are here for your enjoyment. But keep your distance. If someone is passing by, step aside and let them through,” Kelly said.

Doctor Allison Arwady from the Chicago Department of Public Health said the orders have a specific purpose and need to be followed.

“We don’t have a vaccine. We don’t have a treatment. Chicago has an A for preparedness. But we are planning for some real worst case scenarios,” Arwady said. “The next two to three weeks will be the most important time to do everything we can to flatten that curve. Doing that is what will keep our hospitals going.”

Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck issued the strongest warning about being out with others.

“The public health order is not an advisory. It is a mandate. If you violate, it your are subject to a fine of $500. If you continue to violate it, you will be subject to arrest,” Beck said


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26 Mar 2020, 9:14 am

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Misslizard wrote:
/\When the drone detects a viral person it sprays them with Lysol.

Have a feeling it's going to be more like this.

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Works for me, especially if it’s one of those idgits that go around licking on everything.


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3-week-old infant in New York is youngest coronavirus patient in US
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We all hoped it wouldn't happen, but now more and more young children are testing positive and requiring hospitalization for coronavirus across the nation.

Fox News can exclusively confirm the youngest patient in the U.S. has been identified as a 3-week-old infant who was treated at NYU Winthrop Hospital on New York's Long Island in Mineola for several days. The baby has since been released and is now recuperating at home.

As more and more children fall ill from COVID-19, the narrative that little ones are mostly immune to it is quickly changing. While children can recover from it quicker than older adults, like any illness, there could be medical complications that escalate quickly.

Experts say it's a reminder that young people, parents and caregivers cannot let their guard down when it comes to social distancing and keeping a close eye on potential symptoms.

Reports of children with positive cases in the U.S. have ranged from 7-month-olds to teenagers. Many have at first appeared to have simple cold and flu symptoms, like fever, cough and congestion, which then spiraled and required hospitalization.

Dr. Asif Noor, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at NYU Winthrop, explained to Fox News what he has seen with pediatric patients who have tested positive, and what parents and caregivers can do to help keep kids safe.

When his staff first started seeing children who were testing positive, they knew it was coming based on the data U.S. doctors had seen reported in China and Europe and had prepared for it. They are now implementing the plans they had ready to treat young patients.

He said doctors are prepared to provide oxygen to youngsters if they need help breathing.

"And when we plan to send them home if they don't require oxygen. They can be observed safely at home," he said. "We are instructing these parents to adhere to common sense infection control precautions at home."

Dr. Noor explained that children who are experiencing even mild symptoms can be a big risk factor for others in the family home, especially seniors, and recommended keeping a close eye on fevers and respiratory symptoms with young ones, calling your pediatrician right away to talk through the next steps.

They are going to guide you, they are going to tell you, OK, if they are mild symptoms, if you can take care of them at home, just better the fever control with the Tylenol. If you can make sure they are eating and drinking, then you just stay home and they are going to recover because, based on my experience, it is a self-limiting infection in children."

Noor said the good news is children seem to recover more quickly and don't seem to get as sick as adults.

But, if you have a young child with symptoms and live in a multi-generational household, there are some ways to safeguard your family.

"You make sure if there is an elderly person or someone who has an underlying medical problem, you limit contact with them realistically as much as possible. I mean, with some families, maybe they can ask their grandma and grandpa to go and live with the uncle and aunt for a week or two weeks. Maybe it's not possible, but then you'll have to separate them. Make sure the elderly, the vulnerable, stay in one room. And if you are sick, stay in the other room."

Other pediatric specialists agree, younger children can be more susceptible to infection because their respiratory symptoms are still developing, putting some children who have been exposed at higher risk.



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