The Recipe for Staying Covid-Free! Just ask Pediatric Transplant (or Oncology)

Patients & Parents

They are the true experts! 

According to a recent outcomes study from Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, Italy, and despite taking the necessary prescribed immunosuppressive medications, which places them at an increased risk of contracting any bacterial or viral infection, zero pediatric transplant patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Background:

At Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII, all admitted pediatric patients after March 6 were tested for COVID-19.  Seventeen (17) of the first 58 children tested were positive for the coronavirus.  The median age for these children is 6.6 years.  One-half of the general pediatric population (14 of 28, including six infants), while 3 of 15 oncology patients with fever and neutropenia, and zero of 15 transplant recipients, including one with a positive mother, tested positive.  Two of the 17 were admitted with respiratory problems. The remainder were asymptomatic. (D’Antiga L, Ped transplant hepatologist, Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy)

10% of at-risk children and 50% of healthy children tested positive for COVID-19

Why then would children with serious underlying medical conditions and complicated with weakened immune defenses from their necessary treatment be protected from COVID-19 infections, while 50% of seemingly healthy children with intact immune systems test positive?  One would surmise these numbers would be in reverse

Consider this. Without drastic changes to existing lifestyle practices, transplant and cancer patients and families of patients with weakened immune defenses have adapted well to the restrictions imposed by the current COVID-19 crisis. The sting of COVID-19 is not a fresh concept (ref: The Silver Lining of Coronavirus).  In contrast, those in good health have chosen to take healthy living for granted.  Perhaps the disparity in infection rates is, in part, a problem of complacency regarding prevention versus acceptance and application of prevention measures for others.

The sting of COVID-19 is not a fresh concept

The Silver Lining of Coronavirus

The long list of precautionary measures issued by the CDC, WHO, hospitals, governments, schools, and workplaces have effectively drawn attention to controlling the spread of illness.  Proper disinfecting practices, recommendations to stay home when sick, and countless proven prevention measures have been around for some time.  Not doing one’s part to control the spread of infection is no longer acceptable.  We know and have always known better!!

When the COVID-19 crisis is long behind us, we cannot and must not return to the careless ways we did before this outbreak. We are doing great so far. Let’s commit together to continue.

Not doing one’s part to control the spread of infection is no longer acceptable.  We know and have always known better!!

When the COVID-19 crisis is long behind us, we cannot and must not return to the now obsolete, careless ways we did before this outbreak.  We are doing great so far.  Let’s commit together to continue

We are doing great so far.  Let’s commit together to continue

Think of COVID-19 as a wake-up call, a not-so-subtle reminder to every person.  It is not difficult to do.  Just ask a transplant or cancer patient in treatment.  They have been doing it for years.  They still flourish and enjoy life.  

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