Aaron Katersky, Ford, Dr Edith Bradshaw Sanchez discussed on COVID-19: What You Need to Know


This is an ABC news special. Kobe nineteen what you need to know here is. Abc News correspondent. Aaron Katersky as this school year nears an end. Parents wonder about the start of the next academic year. We'll schools welcome kids back. What will the classroom look like or will there still be online? Learning the answers dependent part. On what the virus does to kids and how kids transmit the virus. The World Health Organization said over the weekend that children appear to be less capable of spreading corona virus than adults. The comment came from the. Who's chief scientist? Sumio Swaminathan who appeared on the BBC? What we have seen in countries where schools remained open is that they have not been big outbreaks in schools and where there have been seen associated with we defense. A lot of people gather not in regular classrooms and it's often been associated with Donald who's had infection and who spread it so it does seem from what we know now that children are less capable of spreading it even if they get infection and certainly are very low risk of getting from the Z's for more on what all of this may mean. We're joined by Dr Edith Bradshaw Sanchez. A pediatrician and professor of pediatrics. At Columbia University. What do you make of her comments here? I think some of the reports that we're seen in the comments that were seeing from the. Who are definitely reassuring. I just want more data so a number of things have gone into into these comments from what I understand and there are countries that have opened schools Germany Denmark Some parts of Canada in those countries are not seeing big outbreaks of covert nineteen in children linked to schools which is reassuring but we just need more data. These countries have also done a variety of things to keep kids safe in school Germany. For example we've rent reports that they are having children self test every four days and given a green sticker to kids test negative and allowing them to walk around the school without a mask on some schools are taking temperature. Some schools have introduced a variety of social distancing in hygiene techniques. So so when we look at this at these reports and we we look at the lack of outbreaks linked to children after they were allowed to go back to school. It is reassuring but we have to remember that there are measures that these countries have taken and that we don't have all of the information yet. Really the bottom line is can. My kids hug their grandparents. Yeah I think that's such an interesting point for a long time and longtime in the cove world is a few months for a long time. We've been thinking about children in terms of the risk that they pose to adults. We've been saying okay. Well my kid goes back to school. Can they? Then come home and bring me the corner virus or bring the current virus to to grandma and GRANDPA if they visit in now. Not only. Is it that that is very much too little consideration? But now we're starting to learn for example that there is a new rare but serious complication of covert nineteen seems to affect children very differently than an affects adults. And now I think that the conversation starting to switch to what is the risk to children themselves from Bo Bo from going back to school. What's the answer? I wish I had it but I just don't know we just don't know there are reports for example right there. There is a report of a child. I believe from England who was in the French Alps and then went home. Was In contact with seventy two people that child himself tested positive for current a virus. None of the seventy two people. He came into contact with tested positive. So that was reassuring but then we had another report of a six month old whose parents had couvert nineteen and the child had to be cared for in the hospital and so they were constantly testing this little baby six months old and he shut the virus at very high levels for sixteen days. The data so far has been mixed in. I think that's why it's so important that we collect more data in children and the NIH as you probably have heard launched a study at the beginning of May to follow two thousand families to try to answer this question. What exactly is the rate of transmission? What exactly is the risk to children because we just haven't been collecting the data yet. Pediatric Multi Symptom Inflammatory Syndrome. What do we make of that? Does it matter whether it specifically connected to cove it as the CDC seems to suggest that it is? I do believe that it is linked to covert nineteen. And I'll tell you why. This new syndrome seems to have some characteristics of Kawasaki disease but it also has some characteristics. Overlap toxic shock syndrome. And I'll explain very very briefly Kentucky Diseases and inflammatory condition. It is cost by inflammation and then the the blood vessels in the body are affected. Ultimately different organs can be affected. The one that we worry about is the heart children present with fever with the red. Is the rash The swollen hands feed swollen. Lymph nodes some of the same symptoms that we are now seeing in this new condition but the difference one of the many differences that we're still learning is that these children were presenting with the new syndrome also seemed to have some of those symptoms from toxic shock. They are very sick when they present to care. They sometimes have low blood pressures and signs that there multiple there's multiple organ systems that are affected. And that doesn't go with Kawasaki. Disease it also here before cove it so we can of spectacularly Why are they testing? Summer testing negative for the antibodies and the virus itself. And that is absolutely puzzling. But I think at the end of the day you just sort of have to take a step back and think okay well. Even if it's not linked terrific can't prove it yet for some of these kids remember them majority are testing positive. And where was this before cove it? Dr Edith Broto Sanchez. Something else to consider as states consider the best way to bring children back into school. Automakers brought thousands of workers back to the assembly plants today. Detroit's big three restarted production at dozens of plants with new precautions. Abc's Ryan Burrow is with us. How's this going? Yeah let's start out with Ford for example They've got About sixty thousand workers heading back to the lines this week at the US plants they're staggering shifts so not everyone's coming in at the same time like they would pre pandemic their temperature checks upon entry. They're being given clothes and goggles. They're all working behind glass or around glass barriers and separators. And what's interesting too about? What Ford and Fiat Chrysler are doing? Is they've actually teamed up with local hospitals and medical clinics as a direct connection with workers who may be seeing symptoms are suffering from symptoms. So they can shoot them directly to those offices and get checked out immediately and what Ford's doing also and this is something we've seen in some other industries where you know you're nervous about outbreaks or your that. Maybe people won't be showing up to work. They've actually got thousands of temporary workers on standby. Just in case they see high absenteeism for whatever reason whether it be an outbreak or maybe people nervous to come in so they're prepared to keep the line moving. If maybe things turned sour once the work gets going again the auto workers have been sheltering at home for nearly two months. Now is the UAW. Okay with all these plants restarting. It seems like it's at first. Maybe four weeks ago. They seemed hesitant. They really wanted some guarantees that the employees were going to remain safe on the job and they seem to be pretty satisfied because they're ready to get back to work. There seemed to be enough supplies of PPI available. They seem to be staggering these shifts. They also feel as though workers who may be coming down with something feel as though they can take time off and not suffer the consequences which is a big issue that we've seen in some of these other industries like the meatpacking industry where people don't want to come in because they're sick but they feel like they have no choice because they may be their family's only source of income so they seem to have created pathways for people to If they don't feel comfortable or if they feel sick not to come in and still have their jobs. I wonder really if there's all that much urgency here certainly some of the employees May WanNa get back to work for the paycheck but our auto sales there. Is anyone buying a new car these days? You know it's interesting because we're hearing two different things number one obviously car dealerships. Haven't been open. It's really hard to determine how many people wanted to buy cars during this time But we are hearing that pickup truck. Sales are up. Maybe these are fleet sales. Maybe not individual sales but purchases. That would have been made over the last two and a half months that weren't made it sounds as though they've really got a ramp up some production to meet those goals into to hit those sales. So yeah it does sound like there is a little bit of a groundswell quite know what it is for if it's for fleet vehicles or if it's for individual vehicles ABC's Ryan Burrow with us from Chicago like many of us. It seems new. York Governor Andrew Cuomo Hankers for some sports to watch hockey basketball football. Whoever can reopen where a ready willing and able partner? The governor encouraged professional sports to start playing again in empty arenas the games could be televised. New York state will help those major sports franchises to do just that major league sports have been dormant since March. Baseball is in talks with players on a plan to start the season the NFL released its schedule earlier. This month I'm Aaron Katersky now over to Amy Roebuck. Thanks Aaron with me. Now is Dr Jen Ashton and DR C has just issued a health alert about the cove Associated Syndrome affecting children. So tell us what we know about that. At this point this is significant because the CDC ISSUES. These urgent health warnings when they really want to get all hands on. Deck Increase Awareness. What it does is it. Triggers clinicians health care providers end laboratories to be on the lookout for the syndrome. And here's what we know right now about this syndrome in children. It is now called multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in children. It requires a covert nineteen diagnosis within the last month. That's either by SWAB or by. Antibodies and it requires a case severe enough that the child will need to be hospitalized. Also with signs or symptoms like fever rash which can be just raised bumps if it's on a darker skin child or pinkish rash on later skilled and then multiple organ systems involved. This is the syndrome that they're alerting people to be on the lookout for. We've been talking about this now for some time. But what are the theories out there? What's causing it? Well we've seen this type of reaction and children following other types of infections. That's why it's been sharing some features with Kawasaki Syndrome or toxic shock syndrome. But right now the thinking is that it could just be due to an overactive or extra vigorous immune system that we know children have but again right now a lot of theories and more questions rather than answers speaking to that what we still need to figure out well at the simplest level. Amy We need to figure out why this is happening. We also don't know at this point. Why some children are being affected and not others and in terms of prevention and treatment. We don't know if something like convalesce plasma would be safe and effective in the pediatric population. And again we really need to figure out why it's happening so we can prevent it and then tailor the treatment directly to the cause all right Dr John we will check back in with you a little later in the show thank you. We'll beginning today. The State of Florida is entering what it calls a full phase one of its corona virus recovery plan and that means that restaurants retail stores in gyms can.

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