The risks of COVID-19 have been increasingly well documented since the onset of the pandemic. Every day more information about this virus continues to be released by the scientists, health officials, and organizations studying it. This coverage of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been an essential part of reducing contagion numbers to the point they are today. In spite of the amount of research that has gone into this virus, we’re still finding more unanswered questions. One concern that still persists is the presence of covid in asymptomatic children.
Responding to Covid-19 In Children
Since the arrival of COVID-19, its behavior in younger patients has been the subject of intensive study. Some study results have suggested that children may be less at risk of contracting the disease than adults. This information may be misleading, however. Further study has revealed that some children contract and carry the disease without any visible symptoms, a condition known as being ‘asymptomatic .’These children can still spread the disease even though they aren’t visibly sick with it. This means that it’s essential to have your child be checked for COVID at regular intervals, as well as following the usual guidelines:
- Ensure they maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times outside the home
- Show them how to properly wash their hands to prevent the spread of disease.
- As further booster shots become available, ensure all members of your family are up to date.
COVID-19 has been difficult to counter, in part due to its ability to rapidly mutate. The prevalence of those who refuse to adhere to the guidelines presented in the CDC has aggravated the rate of mutation. One outcome of these mutations is the virus developing an enhanced ability to fit into receptors on the surface of the cell. This, in turn, increases how quickly it can spread. The good news seems to be that these new strains are no more deadly than the previous ones.
Ongoing studies of vaccinated individuals have revealed a promising statistic. Those who have received the vaccine and keep up to date with their boosters are less likely to contract the new strains. Additionally, the standard practices of maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask outside the home have remained effective. Sticking to these guidelines remains important, especially for the unvaccinated and those with compromised immune systems.
Speak To Your Physician for More COVID-19 Information
While things seem to be moving in a positive direction regarding COVID-19 infection rates, the pandemic is still in effect. Infection rates are at an all-time low, and health organizations are beginning to advise that relaxing our vigilance may finally be possible. If you want to know whether it’s safe for your family to follow these guidelines, speak to your physician. They can perform the necessary tests on your family, including potentially asymptomatic children, to determine their degree of risk. Before you start unmasking and trying to return to life as ‘normal’, reach out to your physician to get their advice and the latest COVID news.