Reports of children suffering from a serious coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition have scared parents everywhere, but new research suggests that treatment with Covid-19 antibodies might help in the worst cases.
There have been fewer than 80 people under 19 diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Italian researchers said that coronavirus-related cases should be classified as "Kawasaki-like disease", because the symptoms in these 10 children were different and more severe than in cases that occurred before the pandemic. The initial COVID-19 infection in children tends to be much milder - only 1-2% of cases in the United States and around the world have been in children - and a very small percentage of children with the infection get sick enough to be hospitalized or receive intensive care.
Doctors should be on the lookout for the condition and report suspected cases to local or state health departments.
The symptoms include a persistent fever that lasts several days to low blood pressure, abdominal pain, confusion, cough, diarrhea, headaches, swelling of the lymph nodes and some redness of the mucous membrane on the mouth. It is unknown at this time what causes MIS-C, but children that have been diagnosed either had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19.
At least three children have died in NY from this "new emerging syndrome".
Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, stressed in April that instances of children falling severely ill with COVID-19 have been "very rare".
And while adults should wear two-layer non-medical face masks when unable to physically distance, the Public Health Agency of Canada and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that cloth face masks can also be used for children over the age of two for brief periods when they cannot maintain the two-metre distancing, Kurji said.
He said none of the children he has seen recently with this syndrome had any underlying disease, but they all had antibodies for the coronavirus. "Most children will make a complete recovery if they receive appropriate hospital care", Verdoni said. While kids make up just 1.7 percent of the total cases in the United States, majority are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
"It is something that we're watching very, very carefully", Henry said.
Kawasaki is a disease that involves the blood vessels of the body in which there is inflammation in the walls of the blood vessel and this inflammation weakens the arteries that carry blood to the heart. "You know your child better", than anyone else, she elaborated.
Fairfax also has the highest number of deaths, with 339.
Romero said he couldn't say what the adverse effects have been for "not seeking medical care early" - the pandemic has kept adults away from their doctors to the detriment of their health - but that it was important and that Children's is "urging essential care, routine care for children be resumed at this time".
According to the Washington Post, this latest information is more worrisome.