New respiratory illness may cause paralysis in children


I would have known that school was back in session even without looking at the calendar. I could hear the coughing and sniffling behind me. I could hear the throat clearing.


Where there are children, there is an illness. They are always touching everything, sneezing and coughing, and keeping on with their play even if they did just sneeze all over their hands before touching the monkey bars, the swings, and everything else on the playground!


I am glad that children keep playing. If they stop, then we have greater problems on our hands than a cold or even COVID.


About three weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new warning about a contagious new respiratory virus that can cause paralysis--even permanent paralysis--in children.