Don’t Ignore, the Cases of Children Exposed to COVID-19 Are Still High

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JAKARTA – Not only parents, children are also vulnerable to being infected with the new corona virus. Based on data released by the COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force through its official website, this October there were 9.5% positive case in the age range 0-18 years.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate at that age is 3%. Even according to the Indonesian Pediatric Association (IDAI), the death rate of children in the country due to COVID-19 is among the highest in the Asia Pacific region.

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The number of positive cases of 9.5% shows an increase compared to data from three months ago, where positive cases of COVID-19 in children aged 0-18 years “only” 2% -5%. With details, for children under five years the percentage is 2.3%, while for children aged 6-18 years is around 5.6%.

“It is higher in older children but the rate of disease severity is more severe in infants and toddler (1-3 years), “said Pediatrician dr. Melia Yunita, M.Sc, Sp.A.

Seeing this condition, dr. Melia asked parents not to underestimate risks COVID-19 display in children. He said, several months ago there was once a patient aged 10 months with COVID-19. Apparently the child was often invited by his father to go on a motorbike to seek takjil during the last fasting month.

“In fact, if a child comes with complaints, coughs, colds, pneumonia, shortness of breath, then the protocol will be considered as PDP and must be disciplined. This is very uncomfortable for adults, especially children,” he said.

The swab test is a test to detect the corona virus. This test is also called a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. In the PCR test, the sample commonly used is the throat swab behind the nose (nasopharynx) or the back of the mouth (oropharynx). Later, the patient will be asked to look up slightly and insert a cotton swab with a long stalk into the patient’s nostril until it reaches the back of the nose. The doctor will take the sample by sweeping and rotating the swab for a few seconds.

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