Only 3-4% COVID-19 cases are children: Al Sadd PEC Jun 01, 2020 0 5381 12345 QNADohaSince being designated a COVID-19 facility for the treatment of children at the start of April, Hamad Medical Corporation’s Al Sadd Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC) has provided high-quality care for children with the virus.“What we have seen, both in Qatar and around the world, is that people of all ages can contract COVID-19, but the evidence to date shows that very few children experience severe symptoms if they become infected. While this is encouraging, it does not mean that children are immune to the virus and we are seeing a number of children being admitted to Al Sadd PEC as a result of moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms,” said Acting Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Emergency Centers, Dr Mohammed Al Amri.The designation of Al Sadd PEC as a COVID-19 facility is part of the healthcare sector’s comprehensive plan to ensure that COVID-19 paediatric patients are given the very best medical care. Al Sadd PEC is a state-of-the-art medical facility and is enabling HMC to provide high-quality care for young patients with COVID-19 in one single facility.“Our patient data shows that in Qatar more than 60 percent of people with COVID-19 are between 25 and 44 years of age but around three to four percent of positive cases are confirmed in children under the age of 14 years old,” explained Dr Al Amri.“For this reason, it is still extremely important for children to follow preventive measures to protect themselves from COVID-19. These include regular hand washing, not touching their eyes, nose, and mouth and adhering to physical distancing guidelines,” added Dr Al Amri.He also stressed that while children are at low risk of experiencing severe symptoms from the virus, they are just as likely as anyone else to pass the virus on to other family members.“Children can act as carriers of COVID-19 and transmit the virus to parents or elderly relatives who may have chronic medial conditions and be more vulnerable to severe symptoms. As with many of the positive cases we are seeing in Qatar, children may be asymptomatic, meaning they have the virus but display no symptoms. Because of this it is important that all children stay at home as much as possible, even if they appear healthy, and adhere to social and physical distancing recommendations,” said Dr Al Amri.Dr Al Amri explained that for many children it can be difficult to fully understand how their lives have been changed due to COVID-19. He said it is important that parents and caregivers take the time to explain what is happening to children and answer any questions they may have. RELATED ARTICLES Amir issues law regulating public-pvt sector partnership Jun 01, 2020 0 4347 QA, UNHCR join hands to deliver humanitarian aid Jun 01, 2020 0 5857 Fuel prices remain unchanged Jun 01, 2020 0 5764 UN chief thanks Amir for Qatar’s support during COVID-19 crisis QNA Doha His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has received a message from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in which he expressed his deep appreciation for the support .. 4,451 more recover from virus The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the registration of 1,648 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), with 4,451 people having recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recovered .. 4,275 rights violations by siege countries: NHRC QNA Doha The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has published a book entitled “3 years since the blockade of Qatar”, highlighting the unilateral coercive measures taken by the blockading countries against Qatar .. New PPP law will enhance private sector’s role in major projects: QC QNA Doha Qatar Chamber (QC) Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani has underlined that the law regulating the partnership between the government and private sectors, which was issued by His Highness ..