Seven-month-old boy becomes youngest in the U.S. to test positive for coronavirus: Mom shares pictures of her sick boy in hospital and slams experts who said children aren’t at risk

Sunday, March 22, 2020
By Paul Martin

Courtney Watts Doster got her son Emmett tested Monday and results Tuesday returned a positive result
The seven-month-old has pneumonia, the most severe form of the virus
Doster’s mother was unknowingly carrying the virus before they knew Emmett had it and was in contact with the child
Medical experts were unsure whether Emmett could be tested the same way as adults
‘We were told that this virus wasn’t affecting small children so “no need to worry”! How wrong were they?!’ she posted on Facebook
Emmett is doing better but she worries he could take a turn for the worse
She has urged people to stay home and not take their kids on play dates
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

By LEAH SIMPSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
22 March 2020

A South Carolina mother has shared her baby’s battle against coronavirus in a desperate Facebook appeal where she warned COVID-19 can strike the very young.

Courtney Watts Doster shared images of her sick seven-month-old son Emmett Wednesday – the youngest person to test positive in the country.

It’s unclear where the baby contracted coronavirus but Doster’s mother was in close proximity with her child before she knew she was ill.

‘COVID19 isn’t a joke. This isn’t time to go out and have play dates, or go to Walmart, or go out to eat. Stay home people please!’ Doster posted on Facebook Wednesday.

Doster – a married mother-of-three – was alarmed when Emmett developed a high fever on Monday but she wasn’t sure whether the baby could be tested for COVID-19.

After several hours talking to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Prisma Health hospital on the phone, she was able to get him a test at Urgent Care.

Later that day Emmett’s temperature spiked and he spent the night in hospital.

‘Nothing worse than your 7 month old running 104 fever, being poked and prodded over and over, and then being told he’s positive,’ Doster continued in a Facebook post Wednesday. ‘He has pneumonia which is the most severe form of this virus. Please read and learn facts….the CDC among other medical sites have tons of info!’

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