A 10-year-old schoolgirl who didn’t show the ‘usual symptoms’ has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Doctors initially thought she had tonsillitis but she tested positive for Covid-19.
A Plymouth school sent out an email to parents and staff to informing them.
She is understood to have no underlying health problems and did not have a dry, persistent cough, though her temperature rose to 41.6C, causing convulsions.
Plymouth Live has seen the email – which has also been sent out to neighbouring schools – but has opted not to name the school in question.
The girl also has had red, mottled skin, ulcers in her throat, “severe” pain in her legs and an aching body.
The email adds: “The head teacher has spoken to her parents this morning and she is starting to be able to sit up and move around for short periods of time.
“Hopefully this is the beginning of her recovery. Antibiotics did not help with this virus and the parents have only been able to give her paracetamol.
“Please monitor your children and yourselves carefully for symptoms, stay at home and stay safe.”
What the experts know so far is that the disease has generally been milder in children, but they can still be infected and transmit the virus.
It is generally believed to cause milder symptoms in children, but the specific impacts by age are becoming clearer as the outbreak goes on.
People aged 60 and older or with existing health conditions remain the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
As of Wednesday in the UK, 9,529 people had tested positive, up from 8,077 at the same point on Tuesday.
A total of 97,019 people have been tested with 87,490 negative results. The rise in UK coronavirus-related deaths from 422 to 465 is a jump of 43.