In the last few years there has been a lot of information about an outbreak of a new virus called ” coronavirus.” There are several people that have come forward and reported finding the virus in their children, grandchildren, and other relatives. Is this a case of SARS? Is this a case of “cotyledon syndrome”?
If the name “cotyledon syndrome” is familiar to you, it is a common childhood illness caused by a strain of bacteria from the same family as the SARS virus. So, one could question if the recent press release regarding this new case of coronavirus is simply another case of overreacting to an official diagnosis. Could this just be yet another case of an overzealous health department?
There have been some rumors and reports in the past about this new strain of “cotyledon syndrome.” However, none of this has been verified. Also, there is not a school or any other publicly funded preschool that will mandate that parents of children attend a special program to get vaccinated. Also, it was never suggested that children should stay home to avoid getting vaccinated.
There are only two types of human coronaviruses (these are also referred to as “sister viruses.”) They are not known to infect people through direct contact. The first type is Streptococcus viridans, which is the most common type of illness that is associated with strept throat.
This particular illness usually occurs among children who are between the ages of five and fourteen years. It can sometimes cause complications for them, so they should be up to date on their routine health checkups and boosters. If they were recently diagnosed with this illness, there is a chance that they might also be on a preventative drug regimen. So, it may be best if they stayed home to avoid getting vaccinated. For adults, there is no such recommendation. But, if they feel like they need to get vaccinated, then they should do so according to the recommendations set forth by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Many children remain uninfected even though they received two or more doses of vaccine. The reuters reports indicate that in a significant number of cases, this was due to expiration dates on the booster doses. Sometimes, the doses simply became contaminated when they were being stored at the local treatment facility. In addition, some individuals waited too long to get vaccinated. Between these factors, reuters reports state that anywhere from twenty to thirty percent of kids did not receive their recommended dose of the HPV vaccine. Some of these cases were due to contamination with reagents or the actual vaccines themselves while others were due to improper storage of the vaccine.
Because of all these concerns, the researchers report that they will be issuing stronger controls over the manufacture of the HPV vaccine. They will be making sure that the manufacturers are not mixing real vaccine with live virus. They will be looking into everything from manufacturing methods to storage procedures to see how everything works together. They plan to have these controls in place for everyone in the United States by the end of 2021. But, according to the researchers, they expect this to only occur for about six months at the most.
By the end of 2021, the US will be well protected from the potentially deadly affects of human papillomaviruses. However, as of now, anyone who has not received one or more doses of the vaccine can be considered a risk. Anyone with multiple sexual partners should also be careful about getting infected. Also, anyone with a history of sexually transmitted diseases should be concerned about this and should get regular checkups. In the end, the public health officials are simply trying to contain the outbreak of this potentially deadly disease and make sure that it stays in control.