The school system said in a statement that “this person has not reported to the university this year so far, so no staff or students have been exposed to the school.”
The discovery came as pediatrician Stephen Schultz and the state-of-the-art Finger Lakes training group tried to explain the risks of coronavirus and the challenges of identifying it in children.
“COVID in children is much lighter. The symptoms are quite widespread, “Schultz said.
With students from the region attending school, in person or in a hybrid, he warned that the coronavirus could be difficult to spot in children.
District schools have detailed instructions and policies for admitting children, and Schultz believes the current rules on masks and social distancing must be adequate.
But he warned that the risk of false alarms or camouflaged COVID increases with the onset of colds and allergies with similar symptoms.
“A child with seasonal allergies may have a little watery itchy eyes, a little watery itchy nose and a little sneezing,”
Schultz says the biggest and most useful warning sign is likely to be any new fever, although given how well the region has done in reducing coronavirus numbers, chances are good that these sniffings are indeed harmless.
“Currently, due to the spread in the community, there is a 99% chance that these symptoms are due to a different virus that is not COVID, and that’s a good thing and a good place to start.”
At the same time, Schultz said it was more important than ever to get flu vaccines because the flu and coronavirus have overlapping symptoms and it is indeed possible to catch and get both.
“We could overload our health system,” he said. “Not only with COVID, but with the flu, we saw the tension in New York when it all started. Having COVID and the flu together could crush him even more. “