2-month-old baby dies from coronavirus in Michigan
A 2-month-old child has died from COVID-19 in Michigan, state health officials said this week.
The baby is the youngest known person to die of the disease in Michigan and is the only recorded death of a child under one year of age from COVID-19, said Bob Wheaton, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. No further details about the child have been made public.
“Our hearts go out to the family, who have gone through a terrible loss,” he said. “To protect the privacy of the family, we cannot provide further details.”
At a press conference on Wednesday, Michigan Medical Director Dr. Joneigh Khaldun acknowledged the child’s death and expressed condolences to parents and family, noting that COVID-19 and its effects should not not be taken lightly for any age group.
“Children are not spared from this disease either,” she said. “Studies show that even though children are less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19, they still can. “
Children from 0 to 9 years old represent 2% of the total number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan. As of Thursday afternoon, there had been 114,692 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 6,632 deaths.
Khaldun said that many people who survive COVID-19 have a prolonged recovery period and could have significant long-term health consequences.
Although children are less likely to become seriously ill, they can pass the disease on to adults who could develop more serious complications, Khaldun said. She also warned that children could be at risk of contracting a rare disease associated with COVID-19, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which can lead to organ failure.
“We are fighting COVID-19 because we want people to not only live, but have long, healthy lives – not to live the rest of their lives and years with organs severely damaged by this virus,” said she declared.
COVID-19 PREVENTION TIPS:
In addition to washing your hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone can carry the virus.
Health officials say you should stay at least 6 feet from others and work from home, if possible.
Use disinfectant wipes Where disinfectant spray cleaners on frequently touched surfaces in your home (doorknobs, faucets, counters) and take hand sanitizer with you when you go to places like stores.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also issued executive orders requiring people to wear face covering on the mouth and nose while in crowded indoor and outdoor public spaces. See a explanation of what it means here.
For more data on COVID-19 in Michigan, visit https://www.mlive.com/coronavirus/data/.
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