COVID-19

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical extracellular viral particles contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

Q: How many children have died from COVID-19 in Texas?

A: Most children who become infected with the coronavirus suffer minor symptoms from the disease or experience no symptoms at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some children, however, can become severely ill from the virus and may require hospitalization, intensive care or a ventilator to help them breathe.

Babies under 1 year old and children with specific underlying conditions are more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19 than their peers.

Those underlying conditions include asthma or chronic lung disease, diabetes, genetic, neurological or metabolic conditions, heart disease since birth, immunosuppression and obesity, the CDC said.

In rare cases, children can die from coronavirus complications.

As of Friday, 34 or 0.16% of the 21,207 Texas residents who died from COVID-19 complications were 19 years old or younger, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Of those 34 people, four were less than 1 year old, eight were 1-9 years old and 22 were 10-19 years old.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

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