The school system’s announcement stated that “this person had not reported to campus so far this year, therefore no staff or students were exposed to the school.”
The discovery was revealed when pediatrician Steven Schulz with the state’s Finger Lakes School Reopening Taskforce tried to spell the risks of coronavirus and the challenges of identifying it in children.
“COVID in children tends to be much milder. The symptoms are quite broad, ”said Schulz.
When students across the region settled in school, in person or hybrid, he warned that coronavirus can be difficult to spot in children.
Area schools have detailed instructions and policies to let children in, and Schulz believes the current rules for masks and social distance should be appropriate.
But he warned that the risk of false alarms or camouflaged COVID increases with colds and allergies that enter the season with similar symptoms.
“A child with a seasonal allergy may have slightly watery itchy eyes, a slightly watery itchy nose and some sneezing,”
Schulz says the biggest most useful warning sign would probably be any new fever, though given how well this region has done by getting the coronavirus numbers down, the odds are good that these sniffles are really harmless.
“Right now, because of the prevalence in society, there is a 99% chance that these symptoms are due to another virus that is not COVID, and that’s a good thing and a good place to start.”
At the same time, Schulz stated that it was more important than ever to get flu shots, as the flu and coronavirus have overlapping symptoms and it is really possible to catch and get sick with both of them.
“We could overwhelm our healthcare system,” he said. “Not only with COVID, but also with the flu, and we saw what a strain it was in New York City when all this started. Having COVID and flu both together could overwhelm it even more. ”