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respiratory diseases are not new to my family. But the lack of information flow had me worried.

By Hillery Stone

This article was originally published on March 11, 2020. As a coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, we work to answer. This is a fast-moving situation, so some information may be outdated. For the latest updates ,.

Today is 11 am I’ve packed a lunch for my three children, urging them to put on their shoes and hunted for library books under the couch since learned that my home state of New York has been hit by < / p>

and for my youngest -. a, TK fast freckle-faced imbecile – it is also 11 am I listening to wheezing and check to see if her chest was retracted, a sign of his lungs to work too hard to breathe

The second reality -. My child asthma and respiratory this new virus – feel discordant. They pushed apart in my mind like poles repel. Every hour I refresh news alerts on my phone – CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post – fear another case, another death. But what I’m really looking for is an answer to a simple question 😕 What would happen if a child with asthma I catch coronavirus new

My kids – 5, 7, and 13 years – were living and powerful, making the house shake when they fought with lightsabers or play monkey in the middle with dogs. But asthma is an active land mines under our house. When my youngest child 3, we learned he had asthma. In the last three years he has had two close respiratory failure that sent him to the hospital, if it is requested by a virus.

Today, he got an inhaled steroid every day, two puffs in the morning and two at night. He was breathing deeply 20 times. He rinses his mouth. “Some of the dead sharks if they stop swimming,” she would say. He likes to talk about sharks and strong, their body without bones. “They never get sick. They are immune to the fever! ” I fill the humidifier with cold water. I set up an emergency inhaler with her bed.

Although most people will not remember, three years ago, at the end of winter, another virus is scaring parents in my community. Unlike this coronavirus, which seems, respiratory syncytial virus, or R.S.V., responsible for aroundof children in the United States each year. Many of them will have asthma. Although parents in preschool I talk about seasonal spike in infections at the time, risk R.S.V., looking away. Or something that only happens in children who were born prematurely.

Then a bad cold hit. My 2 year old child has a fever of 103.8 and rapid breathing I have never seen. I wrapped her in a blanket and rushed him to the hospital, where we learned he had R.S.V. His blood oxygen level was at 76 percent on admission. It should be close to 100 percent and each of the lower level of 95 percent is cause for concern. It took hours to get him stable, and four days in the intensive care unit before we could bring it home.

Surprise experiences that make these threats nuance new virus that is uncomfortable. But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said the new coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19, are the children so far not infect. yet no one seems to know why, and it was partly because of a virus, which originated in China, it is very new. “Most of the information we get is from China,” said Dr. Sharon A. McGrath-Morrow, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. “But it seems that children generally have been spared the more severe manifestations of this virus.”

For me – and, I imagine, for many parents of about six million other children in the United States have asthma – it is hard to believe that the coronavirus, which targets the cells of the lungs, no more dangerous for our children. So I called Dr. Gwynne Church, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. He admits that almost all research on new coronavirus so far has focused on what is causing severe pneumonia and death, not its effect on the common chronic diseases. “It is reassuring that asthma is not the risk of death by coronavirus in China,” he said. “But we do not know that the virus does not lead to sickness lead to an increase in asthma.” This situation is developing, he added, and our population is not identical. For one thing, the rate reported for children aged islower.

One thing we do know is that the lungs of a child with asthma were overreacting to the virus. “When people with asthma get the virus,” said Dr. Church, “their immune systems are more geared towards the cellular response.” Which leads to asthma symptoms, such as chest tightness and shortness of breath (he described the feeling as your lungs fill with air and then try to take a breath). So why not coronavirus, which combat infection and mucus targets cells that keep them moist, more problematic for children with asthma?

Dr. Theodore Ruel, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at U.C.S.F. Benioff Children’s Hospital, optimistic. While it is too early to tell, or to say quite why, the report shows that children with asthma were not at increased risk of this virus, he said. Dr. Church showed that rhinovirus, the virus most often responsible for the common cold, it is much more likely to cause asthma attacks than other coronavirus scientists have learned. This mechanism is still unclear, but he said that the virus causes about 80 percent of asthma attacks in children, with 40-60 per cent are caused by rhinovirus and only 8 percent are caused by a coronavirus.

However, the new coronavirus may not behave like other coronaviruses. “Now, we have the great pandemic of this virus,” said Dr. Church. “How it will play out with asthma – well, we really do not know yet.”

As with RSV, no vaccine is available for the new coronavirus and there is no clear deadline for when it might arrive. For parents of children with asthma, lack of control is the heart of our fears. “An asthma never know whether he would be able to breathe,” the writer Marcel Proust wrote to a friend in 1919. We have a better solution now than his cigarettes drugs, but the vulnerability we feel the same way.

These last 11 days, with coronavirus looming, I felt the urge to leave everything familiar behind to protect my child. I remember those nights in the intensive care unit when I became a man reclining chair, holding him in a constantly shifting position to maintain his oxygen levels from dipping below 88 percent. I was charged with keeping his aisle clear, safe environment. It was tiring but I safety; I understand what he needed. For days, my hands were adjusted and raised various parts – neck, shoulder, chin – my son, who has one job and that breathing

Hillery Stone is a writer and mother of three. Brooklyn.

Updated March 17, 2020

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