Florida: One in Three Children Coronavirus Tested Are Positive


Health Editor’s Note: One third of Florida children tested for coronavirus are positive. Children are the group that seemed, at the beginning of the pandemic, to not be as affected as adults. Then we saw children becoming very ill from a ‘Kawasaki’ type of illness associated with coronavirus. These children were very ill and some did not recover.

Clearly we are seeing a far different pattern with large numbers of children testing positive and with that doctors are seeing lung changes in children who have the virus but have no symptoms. This should represent a major glitch/concern/questioning in re-opening schools as Trump demands.  What happens when the teachers become ill and must quarantine or possibly be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 after being exposed to one of these ‘asymptomatic’ children?  There are far,far more children than teachers….You get the picture……Carol 

Nearly one-third of children tested for COVID in Florida are positive. Palm Beach County’s health director warns of risk of long-term damage

by Skylar Swisher/Sun-Sentinel

Nearly one-in-three children tested for the new coronavirus in Florida has been positive, and a South Florida health official is concerned the disease could cause lifelong damage even for children with mild illness.

Dr. Alina Alonso, Palm Beach County’s health department director, warned county commissioners Tuesday that much is unknown about the long-term health consequences for children who catch COVID-19.

X-rays have revealed the virus can cause lung damage even in people without severe symptoms, she said.

“They are seeing there is damage to the lungs in these asymptomatic children. … We don’t know how that is going to manifest a year from now or two years from now,” Alonso said. “Is that child going to have chronic pulmonary problems or not?”

Her comments stand in contrast to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ messaging that children are at low risk, and classrooms need to be reopened in the fall. DeSantis has said he would be comfortable sending his children to school if they were old enough to attend.

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