Covid-19 Affecting Children More Than In First Wave
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India reported more than one lakh daily coronavirus cases for the first time on April 5 with cases surging during the second wave of the pandemic. According to Dr Subash Rao, Consultant Pediatrician at Reliance Hospital and Fortis Hospital, Navi Mumbai, the Covid-19 virus has undergone a double mutation, and the current strain is highly infectious infecting many people, especially children.

The second wave of Covid is known to affect the children much more than in the first wave. Also, a reverse trend is being seen that is - children develop symptoms first, and then adults are getting it from them. In the second wave children are coming with symptoms like fever, cold, dry cough, loose motions. Few may also have breathing difficulties and rashes like any other viral fever.

Also another reason of rising infection among children is increasing exposure due to playing outdoor, travelling and inappropriate behaviour and laxity," he added. The paediatrician said that if a child is showing symptoms of Covid-19 infection, an RT PCR test should be done by the second day."Don't delay or hesitate out of fear to do the test. Early diagnosis helps in early treatment.

The doctor said if a child had a fever for two days, but recovered later, they should be home quarantined for 14 days unless they were tested for Covid-19 and their report is negative on the fifth day. "Keep in mind children can act as silent carriers or "super- spreaders" and spread it to other children and adults, who can suffer severe diseases," he said.

He added the in case a parent is tested positive, it is the "most dangerous" thing to send the children to live with someone else. They can innocently pass on the infection to the elders where you have sent them. Hence it would be wiser to keep them in your home along with you quarantined for 14 days.

Dr Rao said that in case a child tests positive for Covid-19, there is no need to rush them to the hospital and have them admitted. "They can be monitored at home after consulting the pediatrician. Watch for red flag and danger signs of breathlessness, fever beyond five days, poor oral intake, rash among other symptoms," he said. He added that even if one member of the family is Covid-19 positive, the entire family should quarantine for 14 days.

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