COVID-19 has been one of the most well-documented diseases to have occurred in recent years. Its initial effects on the world population were nothing less than staggering, and getting it under control was a priority. This persistent coverage of the disease and its advance is part of the reason that we’re finally approaching a point where life can return to normal. However, there remain unanswered questions about the condition that will remain relevant from here on out. One such concern is the appearance of asymptomatic covid cases in children.
What To Know About Asymptomatic Covid
The risks of COVID-19 in younger patients have been an area of ongoing study since the beginning of the pandemic. The outcomes of these studies indicate that there may be a reduced risk of contracting the disease in younger patients. However, this may not be wholly accurate. Those studies were focused on the occurrence of covid symptoms in children. What was learned later is that children may contract COVID-19 without experiencing any of the associated symptoms. This means that persistent covid checks are necessary for children to ensure the protection of those who may still contract it. If you have potentially vulnerable family members in your home, continue to have your children do the following:
- Social distancing and mask-wearing outside the home
- Thoroughly washing their hands to prevent disease spread
- Rapid reception of the booster shots that become available
This disease has been exceptionally difficult to counter. This is due, in part, to the mutation rate that it has demonstrated. This rate of mutation has been aggravated by the large number of people who refused to properly vaccinate when they became available. These individuals also tended to fall into the category of those who refused to adhere to CDC guidelines, including social distancing and mask-wearing. The result has been an ongoing stream of variants that are only recently beginning to be controlled. Thankfully, these new strains don’t appear to produce symptoms worse than those of the original. However, they have been shown to be more contagious, especially the omicron variant.
The ongoing tracking of the spread of COVID among vaccinated individuals has shown great promise. Those individuals who are fully vaccinated are significantly less likely to contract the disease. Further, when they do, their symptoms tend to be less severe and their recovery faster. This remains true even for more recent strains, giving hope this may soon all be over. Best practices still include remaining masked when outside the home, and maintaining social distancing until the CDC lifts these guidelines.
Your Physician Can Keep You Up To Date On COVID
Outside of a recent spike following the Christmas season, infection rates for COVID continue to drop. Occasional surges are seen when new variants appear, but two years of practice in avoiding infection has made it more difficult for it to spread. Keeping in touch with your physician ensures that you’ll have the latest information backed by medical science regarding the disease. We’re not quite out of the forest yet, but the trees are thinning.