LUBBOCK, Texas — Our kids have questions about COVID-19 that our local pediatricians answer.
Our children have simple questions, but we may not have a simple answer. One question was: why is the coronavirus called?
“There is a family of viruses called coronavirus, and scientists call the virus families just as we have family names.” dr. Lara Johnson, pediatric emergency medicine at Texas Tech with Covenant Children’s said. “The coronaviruses are all related, and that is their family name: the coronavirus. The scientific name of this particular virus is SARS-CoV-2.”
With school starting soon, the biggest question has been: When will things go back to normal?
That question is not yet fully answered, although we can try to bring the world back to normal. Vaccinations are the first step.
“We can reduce the chance of hospitalizations, death and infection through vaccination, although in a year we may be going through a period of COVID season and flu season. We just don’t know.” dr. Kyle Howard, UMC physician, said.
Children 12 years and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Even though it seems safe, they are concerned. “If they get the injection, will they die?”
dr. Howard said, “It’s more than likely that you’ll be fine, but the chances of complications are higher if you’re not vaccinated than if you are.”
According to officials, the virus is spreading from person to person and more people are getting it. As a global community, we love to travel, and the more we travel, the more the virus spreads.
If you or your child have any questions, speak to your local pediatrician or call the Lubbock Health Department at 806-775-2933.