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The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Alice Kuo, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of health policy and management and of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the risks from COVID-19 for children who are immunocompromised or medically fragile, including those with cancer, lupus, and other conditions
Whenever someone tells Jamie Chong that COVID-19 isn’t a serious threat to children, she reminds them that the common cold can send her child to the hospital.
Her son, Asher, who is nearing his third birthday, has cerebral palsy and issues with his respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, putting him at higher risk from the coronavirus.
Chong has been caring for him in their Simi Valley home during the pandemic and strictly limiting who can enter. Sometimes, when cases have surged, she has even decided to turn away his home nurses.