A 16-year-old girl died with Covid-19 in France, becoming the youngest victim of the new coronavirus in France and possibly worldwide. Before her, on Wednesday, an 18-year-old had already died in the UK with the new coronavirus, despite being a healthy person until she was infected.
The young woman, identified as Julie A., lived in a Parisian suburb. Her mother, Sabine, spoke to AFP, where she said her daughter had only mild symptoms – but still associated with Covid-19. “She just had a cough”, Sabine said, speaking to that agency.
The cough appeared a week ago, and Julie tried to cure it with syrup and vapors. Then, on Saturday (March 21) he started to have breathing problems. “Nothing serious, but it started to run out of breath”, informed the mother. On Sunday (March 22), the mother took her to a private clinic, where she was diagnosed with “acceptable” respiratory failure, and still called an ambulance.
Julie was taken to a general hospital and the same day to a Pediatric Hospital Necker, where she did two tests on Covid-19. They both gave negatives. On Tuesday (March 24), Julie was transferred to the intensive care unit. “My heart hurts”, Sabine says she heard her daughter tell her. However, with two negative Covid-19 diagnoses, the family was confident that sooner or later Julie would be discharged.
However, on Tuesday night, they received a call at home: a third test was positive. Julie had Covid-19. “We didn’t believe it. We thought they were wrong. And why are these results so late, ”the child’s mother reminded AFP. Around midnight, the family hurried to leave the house and go to the hospital with their daughter. When they arrived, around 1:00 am on Wednesday, Julie was already dead.
Julie’s death was announced by the French director-general for health, Jerôme Salomon, this Thursday night, at the daily press conference to take stock of the new coronavirus in the country. “They will understand that, of course, I cannot give details,” said the official at the time, referring nonetheless that the death of a person of that age with Covid-19 is something “extremely rare”.
On March 21, in the face of an increase in cases of infected young people, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had already left a message directly to young people:
“You are not invincible. This virus can leave you in the hospital for weeks or even kill you. And, even if they don’t get sick, when they decide whether or not to go to a place it can mean the difference between another person dying or surviving ”.