A mom in South Carolina has posted a warning for other parents after her 7-month-old son, Emmett, was diagnosed with CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, on March 17, 2020.
“He woke up from a nap running a fever so we were going to play it out and see,” said mom of three Courtney Watts Doster, as per WACH. However, when Emmett’s temperature hit 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), the family sprang into action.
'COVID19 isn't a joke. Stay home people please!'
Doster rushed her baby son to hospital in Kershaw County, where he was swabbed for flu, respiratory syncytial virus, and the CCP virus. A chest X-ray confirmed pneumonia.
Doster told Good Morning America, “They sent us home and we got the positive results in 24 hours. He wasn’t whiny or fussy and that’s what is really scary, we didn’t even realize he was having these types of symptoms.”
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The mom of three revealed that Emmett’s grandmother had been diagnosed with CCP virus just three days before Emmett spiked a fever, but the family had been exposed before they learned that their grandmother was a carrier.
After returning home with her baby boy and his positive diagnosis, Doster took to Facebook to post a warning to other parents. The threat, she said, is very real; we must all take precautions seriously.
“COVID19 isn’t a joke,” Doster began. “This isn’t [the] 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,” the mom of three continued, “being poked and prodded over and over, and then being told he’s positive […] Please read and learn facts.”
To date, Doster’s earnest warning to other parents has garnered 44,000 shares and counting.
According to the CDC, research suggests that children do not appear to be at higher risk for the CCP virus than adults. However, in order to help protect children from being exposed, parents and caregivers should encourage hand-washing with soap and water, avoid sick people, disinfect common surfaces—such as tables, doorknobs, and light switches—and launder clothes and soft toys.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is also encouraging parents and caregivers to guard against engendering fear in children by filtering information about the CCP virus, and by talking about it in an accessible and non-threatening way. The AAP recommends a five-pronged approach:
A 7-month-old baby in South Carolina appears to be one of the youngest Americans to test positive for the coronavirus. https://t.co/8fN4zeijIX
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1. Provide verbal comfort and reassurance.
2. Give kids a sense of control by reminding them of what they can do: wash their hands, cough into a tissue or sleeve, and get plenty of sleep.
3. Guard against anxiety by maintaining a normal routine as much as possible.
4. Correct misinformation, and try to shield kids from distressing images in the media.
5. Be an effective role model by modeling empathy for vulnerable groups and those already affected by the CCP virus.
Doster, her partner, and their three children remain at home under a 14-day mandatory quarantine. As per WPTV, the family is under a legal contract with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to remain at home until April 1, 2020.
“They asked us all not to go anywhere since we’ve been exposed,” Doster explained. “And I mean it makes sense because you want to help, you know, not spread the virus.” As yet, baby Emmett is the only member of the family exhibiting symptoms.
“We’re just buddies at home now,” said the mom of three, as per Kiro 7, “and we’re hoping and praying that he doesn’t take a turn for the worse.”