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COVID-19’s impact on children in Utah

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, Jerry A Mann, center, is held by his grandmother, Sylvia Rubio, as he is tested for COVID-19 by the San Antonio Fire Department (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — With the recent surge in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths mostly impacting adults, a group of physicians from Intermountain’s Primary Children’s Hospital are warning Utahns not to overlook the impact the virus has on children.

The group is scheduled to hold a live news conference at 10 a.m. joined with a local family whose 12-year-old child was infected and almost died after suffering a side effect known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

You can watch the live broadcast below:


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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States