Revised 4 COVID-19 Ws

Wear mask, watch distance, wash hands, wash nose

Part Two of Four Parts

Minority Teens

Minority Teens

Yale researchers, looking at COVID-19 rates among children and teens have discovered that minority children are three times more likely to contract COVID-19.

As with adults, they expected higher rates among Black and Hispanic children when they set out to study the rate of the disease among them. However, as bad as they thought it might be, the actual situation for minority children was even worse.

Among 281 boys and girls admitted to eight hospitals in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, almost 75-percent with severe cases of COVID-19 were Black or Hispanic, with 23 percent Black and 51 percent Hispanic, they said in the November 13 online edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Among persons 65 and older, some 38 percent were Black and Hispanic with the former accounting for 27 and the latter 11 percent of the total.

More than one-million children have been infected with COVID-19. Yet, according to an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), kids and teens won’t get vaccinated until the second half of 2021.

What's a Parent to Do?

Pulmonologist Gustavo Ferrer, M.D., and his medical team in Florida recommend equipping children and teens with knowledge that goes beyond the big three of social distancing, masking up, and hand washing. He wants kids to learn how to wash their noses as well as their hands during this pandemic.

Dr. Ferrer is based in Florida and works with that state’s diverse Hispanic population. Dr. Ferrer has been documenting patients’ treatment records using Xlear nasal spray for COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak.

Published, peer-reviewed studies from the University of Utah and University of Geneva show its prime ingredient for nasal care—xylitol and a natural preservative called grapefruit seed extract—both can be effective against the coronavirus. Xylitol, as developed by Dr. Lon Jones and Xlear, has been clinically studied for over 15 years. It is inexpensive and available at drug stores, and he says it could be saving teen and children’s lives.

Wash Your Nose As Often As Your Hands

Dr. Ferrer and co-investigators published three case reports in a recent issue of the peer-reviewed medical journal Cureus, reporting a 7-day recovery.

The first case involved a 16-year-old Hispanic female with a past medical history of iron-deficiency anemia. She was a non-smoker and not taking medications. She tested positive for COVID-19 on July 7, 2020.

She complained of sore throat, dry mouth, nasal congestion, runny nose, productive cough with yellow sputum, anosmia (loss of smell), and ageusia (loss of taste), in addition to reporting waking up at night due to the coughing episodes, two days before her consultation.

No fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, shortness of breath, weakness, or lethargy were reported. The patient also reported taking self-medication for two days with warm water and tea, which did not help alleviate the symptoms. She tested positive after taking a COVID-19 reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test via nasopharyngeal swab performed.

Two days later, she was given the experimental treatment and instructed to spray Xlear nasal spray twice per nostril four times a day every six hours for seven days. She continued to self-medicate with warm water and tea, and supportive treatment.

On day 1, she continued to complain of a stuffy nose, anosmia, ageusia, tiredness, cough, stuffiness, and congestion. Oxygenation was 98% on room air, pulse rate 78 beats per minute. She was without elevated temperature with mild symptoms on her Symptoms Assessment Score (SAS).

On day 3, an improvement was noted in her symptoms, particularly anosmia when she reported being able to smell strong substances. On average, the documented resolution of anosmia is two weeks. An improvement of cough was also noted.

On day 7, she noted improvement in overall symptoms, reduced tiredness, no cough, congestion, or stuffiness. Although mild ageusia was still present, it was markedly improved. She remained fever free throughout.

She was retested for COVID-19 using RT-PCR via nasopharyngeal swab with non-reactive results on day 7. Repeat testing showed non-reactive results. On follow-up, she reported no symptoms with a return to health.

This is one of several case reports that were published. And large-scale clinical trials have not been performed.But, at present, doctors aren’t doing a lot for prevention or early treatment of COVID-19 that goes beyond quarantine and painkillers.“The point is to start treatment early,” Dr. Ferrer told HealthyLivinG. “Be sure your kids learn how to use a nasal spray to quickly wash their nose. If they do this as regularily as washing hands, the chances of the virus taking hold are going to be reduced.

The upper respiratory passages in the nose are where the virus first congregates and can be killed off most quickly, according to studies that looked at where its inception is in the body. The idea is to eliminate it in the upper respiratory tract before it spreads to the lungs. This is the way to keep a child or teen possibly out of the hospital and safe at home recovering with minor symptoms. Wash your nose daily, tell your kids. A few times a day like they do their hands.”

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