The Baby parents, Myroslava and Callum Caotes, were then stunned when staff put a “big sign up” near them which read “suspected coronavirus case”. She said a nurse walked past them in Manchester and gave them the terrifying news by saying: “Yeah, that’s you guys”.
Cassian, who is just nine-months-old, was then assessed by a doctor who confirmed he had the symptoms and said: “Yeah, it’s the coronavirus strand.”
The news of Cassian’s diagnosis came just hours before a baby at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk was confirmed to have the killer bug.
The baby was one of three patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at the hospital in Great Yarmouth and the trio remain in isolation.
Describing the moment her son was diagnosed in Manchester, Mrs Coates told Sky News: “When we got to the hospital, we had to go through special measures and ring a certain number for them to let us in. The waiting room actually had a big sign up saying ‘suspected case’.
“Me and my husband were like ‘oh my God’, then a nurse walked past and said ‘yeah, that’s you guys’.
“We went in, then the doctor came in with a mask on, did some basic checks, temperature, checked his ears and said ‘yeah, it’s the coronavirus strand’.”
Mrs Coates, a mum-of-one, admitted she and her husband first laughed when they were told as they were in disbelief that her son had the killer bug.
The family is now in self-isolation and she is racking her brains as to how Cassian caught the disease.
She added: “We wondered where he caught it because my husband and I are both fine.
We went in, then the doctor came in with a mask on, did some basic checks, temperature, checked his ears and said ‘yeah, it’s the coronavirus strand’.Myroslava Coates
“I did panic but I cannot express how fantastic and reassuring our GP was. They said that with children this age they are diagnosing by symptoms.
“We were told to go home to self-isolate for two weeks and keep giving him Calpol as if it was a cold.
“There are peaks and troughs but thankfully Cassian is over the worst of it.”
The case comes after a newborn baby in London became the world’s youngest coronavirus patient last week.
The unnamed mum was rushed to hospital with suspected pneumonia which was only confirmed after the birth.
The pair were treated at separate hospitals and it is believed the baby was infected from coughs or sneezes.
It comes after the UK’s youngest coronavirus victim was last night named as 45-year-old Craig Ruston – as his devastated wife paid an emotional tribute.
The “amazing” father-of-two, from Kettering, Northants, who had motor neurone disease, succumbed to the killer bug in hospital on Monday.
In the UK, coronavirus has killed 71 people while a total of 1,950 have been struck down with the illness.
Craig’s wife Sally broke news of the death on her husband’s Facebook page “Me and my MND”.
She said: “My amazing Craig passed away yesterday morning at 6.20am. We are truly heartbroken.
“Last Tuesday he was taken unwell and we have since spent the last 6 days in isolation.
“Craig’s chest infection was confirmed as Covid-19.
“How dare that take Craig who was already facing this (MND), the most vile and evil of diseases.”
It comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday wrote a £350billion cheque to keep families and businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis and pledged: “We will do whatever it takes.”
What are the early warning signs for coronavirus?
As Covid-19 is a new virus, experts are still working to understand it.
However, health officials say the most common symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include:
- A dry cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea – but these are usually mild and begin gradually.
Developing these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have the illness and they are similar to other illnesses, such as the common cold or flu.
Some people will not develop all of these symptoms – and some might not even show symptoms at all, experts say.
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