There are few diseases that have received as much attention as COVID-19 has in so short a time. It has been the subject of ongoing studies and has impacted the world in powerful ways. The heroic steps taken by our medical professionals and the endless efforts of researchers have helped us move back towards something approaching normal. That being said, there are still many questions concerning COVID that don’t yet have answers. One of those questions regards how and why some children with COVID don’t display symptoms.
Understanding Pediatric Asymptomatic COVID
The concerns over how COVID would affect younger patients have been around since the disease first appeared. These studies have produced results that indicate that children may contract COVID but remain asymptomatic. However, these children still remain vectors through which the disease can be transmitted. This has led to the practice of ensuring that children are checked for COVID regularly to ensure they aren’t carriers. This is especially important in families where potentially vulnerable members are present, such as those with compromised immune systems. Due to the possibility of asymptomatic COVID in children, they should continue to follow these guidelines:
- Continuing social-distancing and mask-wearing outside the home
- Wash their hands frequently and thoroughly to avoid spreading the disease
- Being vaccinated and receive boosters as soon as they’re available
COVID has been a challenging enemy for our medical health professionals to face. The rate at which the disease seems to mutate is just one facet of what makes it difficult to control. The mutation rate has been accelerated by those who refuse to wear masks, socially distance, and maintain CDC recommendations regarding vaccinations. These individuals provide breeding grounds for mutations to occur. Despite this, we’ve been able to continue reducing the spread of the disease through the efforts of those who will vaccinate and follow guidelines. The one piece of good fortune we’ve experienced regarding the mutations is that they don’t appear to produce worse symptoms than the original COVID virus. However, they have been proven to be more contagious and, in some cases, more resistant to the vaccine.
The CDC continues to track the spread of COVID, especially in those who have become vaccinated. These individuals have demonstrated the effectiveness of the vaccine through the reduced occurrence of cases. When they do develop a case of COVID, the symptoms are milder and the length of their illness shorter. Even the new mutations show this same weakness to the COVID vaccine. While many states are relaxing their masking and social distancing guidelines, it remains wise to wear your mask and maintain social distancing while out.
Contact Your Physician For The Latest COVID Guidelines
If you want to know more about the current state of COVID and what you can do to protect yourself, reach out to your physician. They’ll provide valuable information about protecting yourself and your family. As medical professionals they follow the latest information being released by the CDC regarding COVID and vaccines. This makes them your first and best resource on preventing your family from falling ill, and getting things back to something resembling normal.