As Bangladesh is battling the second wave of coronavirus, children are also getting infected with the pathogen this time.
A number of children infected with Covid-19 are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the capital, including Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Dhaka Shishu Hospital.Sources at the DMCH said many children who were admitted to the hospital with other diseases were found infected with Covid-19 and they were asymptotic.
Dhaka Shishu Hospital sources said around 107 coronavirus-infected patients have so far taken treatment at the hospital while most of them came to the hospital for treatment of other diseases.
Some 15 of them died at the hospital till Monday, they said, adding that 7-8 of them were aged below 28 days.
The hospital sources said there is a crisis of intensive care unit beds for children with Covid-19 in the country.
Talking to the Daily Sun, Akhlak Hossain, a private service holder and resident of city’s Vatara area, said his five-year-old son has showed some symptoms of Covid-19 after his wife tested positive for the virus.
“My wife has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now undergoing treatment,” he said, adding that he and his son gave samples for coronavirus test.Talking to the Daily Sun, Dr ASM Alamgir, principal scientific officer at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, “Children are also getting infected with the coronavirus although their condition may not be severe in most cases.”
Health experts said children may be infected with the virus after coming in contact with other family members who have contracted the virus.
“There’s no alternative to practising caution and all have to maintain health guidelines properly to chase away the coronavirus,” Dr Alamgir added.
According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recent evidence suggests that compared to adults, children likely have similar viral loads in their nasopharynx, similar secondary infections rates, and can spread the virus to others.
It further said children infected with SARS-CoV-2 may have many of non-specific symptoms, only have a few (such as only upper respiratory symptoms or only gastrointestinal symptoms), or may be asymptomatic. The most common symptoms in children are cough and/or fever.