(PatrioticPost.Com)- After California officials announced the death of the first child under the age of 18 as a result of the coronavirus, the country’s politicians paid tribute to the young victim. A 17-year-old boy from Lancaster, California, was believed to have fallen victim to the Respiratory Distress Syndrome caused by the Chinese virus.
Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom responded to the sad news, telling a press conference, “we had the tragic life of a teenager, which underscores how the virus can impact anybody.”
“We’re doing the investigation to see how it occurred…I can’t impress upon the young people enough the seriousness of the moment…Let us not have to announce again that a teenager lost their lives because we didn’t take this moment seriously,” he added.
The news was also confirmed by the directors of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer.
“Each loss we experience in L.A. County is tragic, and we are sending our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones who’ve had to endure this tragedy,” she said. “Covid-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level.”
The story took an interesting twist this week, however, when officials from the L.A. County Department of Public Health said they aren’t so sure that the coronavirus was the cause of death after all.
According to a New York Times report, officials said, “Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality.”
While this wouldn’t prove that young people are immune to coronavirus, it would shine a light on just how many people are dying while suffering from this virus and not necessarily because of it.
The death of the young man will now be investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as such a young death could have interesting implications for the disease and the government’s response to it.
Mayor of Lancaster, Rex Parris, said that boy was not originally tested at the first treatment.
“How do you take a kid in for having respiratory problems and you don’t test him? I am so livid,” he said. “I’m really upset right now. I thought this was a disease that affected people my age. Now I realize our kids are at risk – that’s something totally different. We are enforcing the law in Lancaster. I will not lose another child.”
Until the tests are done, we will not know for sure, but reports suggest the boy died from septic shock which can be caused by infections.