First United States Baby Less Than a Year Old Dies After Testing Positive for COVID-19

First United States Baby Less Than a Year Old Dies After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Authorities are looking into an infant’s cause of death after the child tested positive for COVID-19. The unidentified child passed away on March 28.

According to a statement released by the Illinois Department of Public Health obtained by ABC 6, the child, from Chicago, was the first infant to pass away after contracting COVID-19 in the United States. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the statement:

Baby Less Than a Year Old Dies, Tests Positive for COVID-19
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“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death. We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

Infant Less Than 1 Year Old Dies Tests Positive for COVID-19

Baby Less Than a Year Old Dies, Tests Positive for COVID-19
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As of March 31, the total cases of COVID-19 in the United States is 163,539. The total of deaths in the United States is 2,860, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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According to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, there are concerns that Chicago could become the newest hotspot for the virus. “We want to make sure the next New York knows what its situation is. We’re looking at New Orleans; we’re looking at Chicago; we’re looking at Detroit, and we’re want to make sure people are talking to each other so that if they are in a high-risk area, they are taking appropriate precautions.”

It is still believed that COVID-19, while it can affect all ages, puts older adults are at higher risk.

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