On March 15, Emma was first diagnosed with pneumonia and on Friday night tested positive with coronavirus.

A 12-year-old girl who is suffering from coronavirus is “fighting for her” life in an Atlanta hospital. According to her cousin Justin Anthony, Emma was first diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and later tested positive with coronavirus on Friday night. The little girl has been on a ventilator as of Saturday and now she is in a stable condition right now even though she continues to battle vigorously to fight the disease. According to CNN, Emma had no pre-existing conditions and even had not traveled anywhere recently. So, it’s difficult to find out how exactly she might have contracted the virus. 

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The hospital spokeswoman Jessica Pope said, “The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions. Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws.” At least 400 people have died due to the novel coronavirus in the United States as of Monday. It’s another grim milestone as the number of US cases topped 32,000 on Sunday.  According to health experts, the virus is affecting the elderly and those who are with pre-existing health conditions the most. The symptoms they experience have been noted to develop in much milder cases of the illness though children are contracting and spreading the virus.

Anthony said CNN that Emma’s mother has given him the family’s permission to tell her story to the public. He wants the people to know that coronavirus is something serious. “I know first hand how dangerous it is. Everyone keeps saying ‘it doesn’t impact younger people.’ But here’s 12-year-old fighting for her life. People need to practice social distancing. People need to take care of their children. People need to take this seriously.” According to the latest data, there were more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia, including 20 deaths as of Sunday.

According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were no deaths among children younger than 10. Their national authorities said that out of 731 confirmed and 1,412 suspected cases of COVID-19 in children in China, only one child, a 14-year-old had succumbed to the disease and died. A new study has proved this and it will soon publish in the journal Pediatrics in June. The study said that nearly 6% of the children’s cases were severe, as compared to adults where 18.5% were experiencing severe symptoms.

According to a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, younger people are starting to make up a large portion of hospitalizations. It also said that up to 20% of people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States are in fact young adults between ages 20 to 44. The cases of over 2,500 patients in the US with their ages made known was analyzed by them and proved that there were no ICU admissions reported for those under the age of 19. 

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