New coronavirus cases are popping up almost every minute in the United States. Despite the authorities' best efforts to control the spread of the pandemic, more and more people are getting sick — regardless of their age.
The latest in milestones for the viral outbreak is a 3-week old infant who caught the virus some time ago. According to a recent report from Fox News, the infant was receiving treatment at NYU Winthrop Hospital on Long Island. He was there for a few days and has since been cleared to go home and recuperate earlier this week.
A nurse holds a newborn baby in a private obstetric hospital on February 21, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
The milestone is just as significant as the youngest coronavirus fatality in the United States — one that authorities recorded just yesterday.
The boy, who hails from Lancaster, reportedly died after developing some severe respiratory issues. However, while the virus played a role in his death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to conduct an investigation.
The Health Department's statement explained that the case is quite complicated, and the investigations will help reveal the cause of death.
The fact that a 3-week-old contracted the virus is evidence that the virus can affect anyone.
New York, the most severely-hit state, seems to be on its own at this time.
The health issue in New York, however, is especially dire. The Daily Mail reports that the state is now the epicenter of outbreaks in the United States, with over 30,000 cases reported.
In New York City, these cases have spiked to 20,000. So far, however, the death toll in the state is inching closer to 300.
The state Governor Andrew Cuomo is also in a public standoff with U.S. President Donald Trump over the allocation of supplies.
Per a CNBC report, the Governor estimated in a recent press conference that it would need about 140,000 hospital beds in less than a month to deal with the crisis. While the state is on pace to get 10,000 ventilators, it has pointed out that it needs at least 30,000 in the next two weeks.