6-year-old boy among Tennessee patients with COVID-19

Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 14:09:51-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 6-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis is among the dozens of people who have currently tested positive for COVID-19 in Tennessee.

Joseph Bostain is in a two-week quarantine at his Clarksville home after he received confirmation on Thursday that he has the virus. He was first tested at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after displaying symptoms of fever and cough. His mother posted on Facebook saying that he's currently without a fever and slept for most of the morning but had been coughing all night.

"We have had so many prayer warriors pouring in and flooding over us that it’s incredible to see! Keep them coming as the day’s are ahead of this staycation quarantine!! I am also feeling okay today! Been up for quite a while in my thoughts and feels over all this! Thank everyone from all over for your prayers and love and for offering to help! It is so appreciated!!" the post said.

Joseph's mother told NewsChannel 5 that he was the only who tested positive for COVID-19 and is unsure where he contracted it. She said they stay home most of the time and had been wearing protective mask when at school or in public places.


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.