An infant from southwest Riverside County has died after coming down with COVID-19, and is the youngest person in the county to die from the virus since the pandemic started.
The infant was under 1 year of age, and died the week of January 10th 2022 at a hospital.
So far, there has been no word on whether the infant had any other health issues.
Health officials have reported that infants under age 1 might be at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19 than older children. This is likely due to their immature immune systems and smaller airways, which make them more likely to develop breathing issues with respiratory virus infections.
Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside County’s Public Health Officer said the child’s death “strengthens our commitment to end this pandemic before the loss of another young life. It shows the importance of using the tools available to protect those around us, particularly the most innocent, from the harm the virus can cause.”
There have been more than 5,600 COVID-19-related deaths in Riverside County since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
In August of 2021, a 4 year old child in western Riverside County also died of Covid-19.
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