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HOW ABOUT SOME GOOD NEWS? CORONAVIRUS CAN’T BE PASSED FROM MOM TO NEWBORN
*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.
In a respite from the seemingly never-ending parade of doom and gloom, a new study out of Wuhan has come to a promising conclusion. Chinese researchers believe that the novel coronavirus is not transferrable from pregnant mothers to newborns at birth. This is actually the second piece of research out of China this month that has found pregnant women did not pass the virus on to their children.
This study focused on four pregnant women, and all four did not transmit the virus. The mothers-to-be tested positive for the virus themselves and gave birth at Wuhan’s Union Hospital. Wuhan is, of course, believed to be the virus’s origin point.
All of the newborns were immediately isolated upon birth, but none developed any symptoms typically associated with COVID-19. Also, three of the four tested negative for the coronavirus via a throat swab, while the fourth mother did not allow her child to be tested.
There were, however, some medical complications. One newborn had minor breathing problems for three days, and two of the four had a skin rash. That being said, the study’s authors say it is “impossible to say” if these minor complications are connected to the coronavirus at all.
Today all four infants are in great health, and all of their mothers have fully recovered from the coronavirus.
In the previous study, there was no evidence that any of the nine examined mothers passed the virus to their baby. All nine of those births were performed via c-section, and three of the four in this study were also delivered via c-section.
ANOTHER STUDY FINDS COVID-19 TYPICALLY MILD FOR KIDS
*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MedicalXpress.
New research adds to evidence that children infected with COVID-19 have less severe symptoms than adults with the coronavirus.
Researchers analyzed the cases of 731 children in China with laboratory test-confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 1,412 children who were suspected of having COVID-19.
Most of those 2,143 cases were mild, and only one child died. Close to 6% of the children’s cases were severe or critical, compared with 18.5% of cases in adults.
The study was published online in the journal Pediatrics.
It’s not clear why children with COVID-19 tend not to become as ill as adults.
“It’s possible that the receptor for the virus may not be in the same configuration in children as adults. It’s possible that there were just more adults who were tested because that has been the focus,” said Maldonado, who was not involved with the latest study. “However, there have been other studies of pregnant women and children who did not have as severe disease.
The coronavirus “especially seems to be sparing young children,” Maldonado noted.
SOME SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR CORONAVIRUS in US ARE NOT GOING BACK for the REST of the ACADEMIC YEAR
*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on CNN.
As students across the country adjust to learning outside of their classrooms, some states are preparing for the disruption to last the rest of the school year as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
Florida has canceled all tests for the year, Kansas has decided to keep schools closed, Arizona plans to announce the suspension of makeup days and California said parents should be prepared for their state to be next.
After consulting with education professionals, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ordered the closure of all K-12 schools in the state for the rest of the year. The decision came Tuesday, and Kelly along with Commissioner for Kansas State Department of Education Randy Watson tasked school personnel with designing plans for continued learning and meal distribution.
In Florida, all remaining testing for students K-12 have been canceled and there will be no grades calculated for the rest of the year, Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.
For graduating students, all requirements will be evaluated without testing, he said. And parents of students in all other grades will have the choice to keep their child in the same grade for the 2020-2021 school year, DeSantis said.
Nearly all districts in California have been closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and public schools in the state with 6.1 million students will likely remain closed for the rest of the year, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.