Having a newborn during the pandemic is already a nerve-wracking experience — but American Idol alum Casey “Quigley” Goode experienced every parent’s nightmare when her newborn son, Max, tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
Goode and her husband, branding and creative coach Alex Goode, shared over the weekend that they took Max to the ER over the weekend when they found the 2-week-old was running a fever over the night. They confirmed that the baby was “exposed from direct contact with a medical professional who had cared for him earlier in the week.”
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Max tested positive for COVID-19 early Saturday am. We took him into the ER after he was running a fever in the middle of the night. We had confirmation that he was exposed from direct contact with a medical professional who had cared for him earlier in the week. This has been a total shock to us. I am currently quarantining with baby Max in the PICU. They are treating me as if I have been exposed and are likely positive as well, although I am showing no symptoms yet. Please send good energy to our little bub so he recovers fast. Not sure what happens next from here… but I expect to be offline for a while as we recover. ❤️ Love, Quigs
“This has been a total shock to us. I am currently quarantining with baby Max in the PICU,” Casey wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “They are treating me as if I have been exposed and are likely positive as well, although I am showing no symptoms yet. Please send good energy to our little bub so he recovers fast. Not sure what happens next from here… but I expect to be offline for a while as we recover.”
Goode’s husband Alex shared on Monday another update, that his fever had become less severe but that the baby was “put on oxygen as a precaution” while he and his mom were quarantined together in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). When he updated via instagram stories, he noted that Max was still on oxygen but that his temperature and blood pressure were normal. While they are remaining as positive as they can be in this totally terrifying situation, he noted that it’s of course taking a toll on his wife and himself:
“As is to be expected, Casey is completely overwhelmed and exhausted,” he said. “She’s been in isolation with Max for the last three days in the ICU so she is mentally and spiritually drained. We’ll get through this. It’ll be all Goode.”
About COVID-19 in Infants
While we can’t speak to specifics of Max’s case (everyone’s health and reactions to this virus are different), we do understand a little bit about cases of COVID-19 in newborns and infants.
“Although rare, children under age one appear to 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,” per the Mayo Clinic. “Newborns can become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 during childbirth or by exposure to sick caregivers after delivery…Research suggests that only about 2% to 5% of infants born to women with COVID-19 near the time of delivery test positive for the virus in the days after birth. However, if you are severely ill with COVID-19, you might need to be temporarily separated from your newborn.”
They note that some infants who can’t be tested (whether there’s no testing available or they have no symptoms) might be discharged from the hospital, but it’s recommended that caregivers take extra precautions to wear face masks and wash their hands thoroughly to keep everyone protected.
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