1-year-old Cobb County boy dies from COVID-19, youngest victim in state

1-year-old Cobb County boy dies from COVID-19, youngest victim in state
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COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A 1-year-old Cobb County boy is now the youngest victim to die from COVID-19.

The Department of Public Health listed on the state’s coronavirus website that the 1-year-old had some type of pre-existing condition.

Because of HIPPA laws, the state cannot release much more information than that.

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Earlier in the month, a 7-year-old Savannah-area boy had died from complications related to COVID-19.

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A preliminary investigation in that case suggests COVID-19 gave the boy a fever, which triggered a seizure that happened to occur while he was bathing and drowned. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy is still pending in that case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most children with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says severe illness from COVID-19 in children is not common, and hospitalization among children with the virus is significantly lower than adults. But when they are hospitalized, one in three children are admitted to the intensive care unit, a CDC study found.

As of Friday afternoon, 265,372 people across the state have tested positive for coronavirus and 5,471 have died from it.

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Information from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution used in this article.