SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – As a ten-year-old from Christmas Valley fights for his life at UC Davis, his father has began a combat of his, one that’s asking folks to take COVID-19 seriously and to steer clear of Lake Tahoe within the midst of the pandemic.
Maeson Howard, a scholar on the Lake Tahoe Environmental Magnet School, began to not really feel properly lower than every week in the past, on Tuesday, July 28. By Wednesday he had a excessive fever, physique aches, vomiting and different signs, and by Satursday he was admitted into Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe. Within hours he was transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
His prognosis? Even although the medical doctors haven’t decided as of Monday, they imagine he has multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) or Kawasaki illness.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says MIS-C is now exhibiting in kids and is related to coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) and presents itself with Kawasaki disease-like options. The CDC is investigating this, which till this yr was a uncommon however critical complication that’s now related to COVID-19.
“We are family who has taken this virus very serious from the very beginning of this pandemic,” mentioned Maeson’s dad Corley. “We have practiced safe and strict social distancing, mask wearing, thorough cleaning, etc., even though our officials don’t mandate anything and yet here we are with our son suffering significantly.”
This uncommon pediatric inflammatory sickness could cause coronary-artery aneurysms and poisonous shock syndrome.
Corley believes Maeson got here involved with coronavirus someday over the previous two weeks, however didn’t present any signs till final week. He has beginning contacting native officials in hopes that his son’s plight will put strain on them to do one thing to curb the outbreak inside the group.
“I’m so angry and disappointed with all of our officials for turning a blind eye to how serious this pandemic is and that no life is worth boosting our local economy,” mentioned Corley. Even earlier than his son obtained sick he mentioned he was involved concerning the crowds coming to the lake and filling up seashores, boat and bike leases, and trip properties all aiding within the unfold of the virus.
“People can’t do things [in their hometowns] so they come here to escape the heat and what not, but why should that be okay?” Corley added.
He despatched the next letter to the South Lake Tahoe mayor and El Dorado County supervisors:
“My identify is Corley Howard. My 10-year-old son Maeson is at present in UC Davis Children’s Hospital preventing for his life. He was transferred down there Saturday from Barton. It seems he’s battling MIS-C or Kawasaki illness because of publicity to COVID right here in South Lake Tahoe. We have been very good and protected for months now however but one way or the other he was uncovered and now this by-product of a virus has surfaced and has been attacking all his organs for previous 5 days. My spouse Sarah is with him whereas by seven-year-old daughter and I isolate at house in Christmas Valley.
Assuming we’ve been uncovered as properly, we’re self quarantined whereas we wait for our outcomes. We are an area household who has roots right here for three generations. I’m writing you in effort to plead with you and different officials to do one thing shortly too curb the quantity of tourists which might be coming to South Lake. It is completely absurd to have such actions obtainable for the excessive variety of guests who’ve constantly been coming into city. I perceive the necessity to preserve native economic system going, however at what threat? Sadly it’s most likely too late to protected our group from such a virus. Beaches, Vacation leases, boat and bike leases, marinas, inns, and different such enterprise ought to be shut down instantly, enforced, and certain ought to have by no means re-opened. What will it take for native officials to get up and do the correct factor? Does a member of the family of an area official want to be sick so as for a actuality test? What will it take? Who has to die so as for you to do one thing? Will could son’s situation or potential dying open your eyes to what’s actually happening round right here? You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Please share this electronic mail together with your employees and do one thing to implement what little guidelines we now have and begin to make a distinction for the sake of the lives in our group.”
– Corley Howard
The CDC says any little one that’s exhibiting any emergency warning indicators of MIS-C, together with bother respiratory, ache or strain within the chest that doesn’t go away, new confusion, lack of ability to get up or keep awake, bluish lips or face, or extreme belly ache, name 911 or go to the emergency room.