COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Children generally have more mild symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, according to the CDC. But some parents are sure contracting coronavirus could be life-threatening for their kids.
Children with cancer have weaker immune systems and therefore are more at risk of developing worse symptoms from the virus, according to Laura Allen the Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, a charity that provides supports to families with children who have cancer.
Allen said COVID-19 has made it more difficult for some parents to get critical appointments because of restrictions at hospitals and the spread of the disease means a single touch or interaction could put a child’s health at risk.
“I think it’s more challenging for our parents now to keep their kids safe,” Allen said. “You’re at high risk because of what you’ve been through.”
Jacqueline Harris is all too familiar with the dangers of being out in public.
Harris’ 14-year-old daughter De ‘Andria has Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a type of cancer that infects the blood. Harris said she’s kept De ‘Andria quarantined in her home since she was diagnosed, but since the coronavirus outbreak, they’ve had to be more cautious.
Harris and De ’Andria are from Columbia but are living in a hotel in Charleston to stay separated from their family and to be closer to De ’Andria’s doctor.
“We are quarantined two hours away from our family and they can’t even come and visit. That’s the biggest thing I think for her. My daughter, dealing with this, [and] not being able to see her siblings or any other family,” Harris said.