The coronavirus epidemic, which has become a global threat with the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic, worries parents the most. Although it is known that the virus mostly affects people over the age of 65, the coronavirus, which shows the same symptoms as seasonal allergies, flu and colds, causes parents to panic. Having conducted studies and researches on Allergy and Immunology for 12 years at the National Institutes of Health, Assoc. Dr. Akgül Akpınarlı Antony called out to parents by saying, “Be protected and don’t panic.”
Children will have a lighter recovery
1. Does coronavirus infect children?
Yes Coronavirus infects children. Data from countries with outbreaks show that coronavirus affects people of all ages
2. Children’s illness due to coronavirus What is the risk?
By looking at the epidemic data, we can easily say that the coronavirus infects children less than adults and especially the elderly people
Children have a milder coronavirus infection compared to all age groups
4. What ailments, coronavirus e Could it make the infection more severe?
Children with liver, kidney and heart failure, severe lung disease and children with cancer such as leukemia and lymphoma have a more severe coronavirus infection due to both the disease itself and the treatments that will weaken the immune system caused by the treatment of these diseases. can watch.
5. How do I know if my child has a coronavirus infection?
If your child has a fever, weakness, loss of appetite, and respiratory failure, your child may be showing symptoms of coronavirus. If you suspect your child has a coronavirus infection, you should apply as soon as possible to the hospitals allocated by the Ministry of Health in your region to combat the coronavirus.
6. Where can children catch the coronavirus?
Children can catch the coronavirus from the droplets that infected people sneeze, sneeze and cough, and by contacting the surfaces on which the drops fall, and then touching their eyes, face, nose and mouth with their hands.
Children do not need to wear masks
7. What can be done to protect children from coronavirus infection?
Things to do to protect children from coronavirus are the same as adults. Staying away from people who are sick and possibly sick, not being in crowded environments as much as possible, washing hands frequently with warm water and soap for 20-30 seconds are among the steps to be taken to protect from coronavirus.
8. Does coronavirus pose a special risk in children with allergies?
No. In children with allergies, the coronavirus does not pose a special risk. In general, what allergic children will do to protect themselves from coronavirus infection is exactly the same as the protection measures taken by everyone.
9. Should we wear masks to protect children from coronavirus?
No. Children do not need to wear masks.
10. Can gargling and nasal cleaning with salt water prevent the transmission of the virus?
We have no evidence that gargling with salt water prevents coronavirus.
11. What kind of treatment is given to children infected with coronavirus?
Depending on the severity of the disease, only clinical observation, vitamin supplements and antiviral drugs known to be effective against coronavirus are treated.
12. Can anyone who wants a coronavirus test be done?
No. The coronavirus test cannot be done for everyone. People with suspected coronavirus infection and people who have come into contact with people with coronavirus infection are tested.
13. Is coronavirus a vaccine preventable disease?
Unfortunately, we do not currently have an effective vaccine for coronavirus, but vaccine development studies continue. When the coronavirus vaccine studies give positive results, the coronavirus will become preventable.
The virus does not affect the unborn baby
14. What is the latest situation in studies on coronavirus vaccines and drugs?
Studies on both vaccines and drugs to prevent the virus are being carried out intensively in many centers. Human testing of the first vaccine produced in the USA has recently begun. I believe we will hear positive results soon.
15. Do pregnant women have an extra risk of contracting the coronavirus?
No. Pregnant women do not have an additional risk of contracting the coronavirus.
16. Will pregnant women have a more severe illness if they become infected with the coronavirus?
No they don’t. The data we have obtained to date show that pregnant women do not have a more severe coronavirus infection.
17. What can pregnant women do to protect themselves from coronavirus?
The precautions that pregnant women will take to protect themselves from the coronavirus are generally the same as the protection measures taken by everyone. There are no special precautions for pregnant women.
18. Does coronavirus infection during pregnancy pose a risk to the continuation of the pregnancy? Does it negatively affect the baby’s health?
No it does not. In the cases reported to date, it has been observed that if pregnant women become infected, it does not cause a problem in the continuation of the pregnancy and does not adversely affect the baby. However, like everyone else, pregnant women also need to be very careful against coronavirus and protect themselves very well.
19. Can a pregnant woman infected with coronavirus transmit coronavirus to her baby before, during or after birth?
In cases reported to date, it has been observed that pregnant women cannot infect their babies with amniotic fluid. It is also known that coronavirus is not transmitted during birth or through breast milk.
20. Does the coronavirus pose a risk to breastfeeding mothers?
No. The coronavirus does not pose a risk for breastfeeding mothers, but as always, breastfeeding mothers should be isolated from the society and crowds to protect both themselves and their baby, wash their hands frequently with soap and water and strictly follow all protection measures.
Be protected and don’t panic
Finally; According to our findings, children do not constitute a risk group for coronavirus, and they even survive the disease much milder than adults. The sick children have been recorded, but there is information that almost all of them have recovered. Parents should not panic, but they should never neglect protection for themselves, their families and the health of the community.