Unfortunately and tragically, Putnam County, Florida made headlines due to the reported death of a 9 year old from COVID-19. The symptoms that can develop from COVID-19 range from no symptoms to death. This is certainly a broad range of symptoms and risks. Many people incorrectly believe that children are either immune from the symptoms or major symptoms of COVID-19. Other believe that only people with significant medical issues with the majority of those people being older adults are the only ones at true risk in the COVID-19 that we, as Floridians, are currently dealing with.
Kimberly Lynum was reported as Florida’s youngest Coronavirus victim since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you who still believe that COVID-19 is no different than the common flu, remember Kimberly’s name, age, and medical history. According to family members, Kimberly did not have any pre-existing conditions that would put her at a higher risk that any other person whether that person is a child or an adult. Kimberly was just 9 years old.
By this time, thousands upon thousands of people have died from COVID-19 and millions have been affected either by having COVID-19 or by having a family member or friend deal with the symptoms, complications, and well founded fears / anxiety brought on by COVID-19.
A family spokesman informed CNN that Kimora had no pre-existing health issues and her mother took her to the hospital because she had a high fever. The hospital sent her home and she collapsed a short time later.
We should all take the prevention of COVID-19 and the treatment of COVID-19 related symptoms seriously. For some COVID-19 victims who died, all available medical care was provided including but not limited to the use of a ventilator in on an ICU floor at at hospital. For others, all measures were not able to be put in place because of a variety of reasons including sudden significant symptoms, untimely discharge from a hospital, and other factors.
The family of Kimberly Lynum has set up a Go Fund Me Page for donations. Here is the link:
We are all living in the uncertain and stressful times of COVID-19. We are all at risks including our children.