COVID-19 and children: doctors warn of symptoms that are observed in children

COVID-19 and children: doctors warn of symptoms that are observed in children

As soon as the COVID-19 gained momentum and began to spread throughout the world, doctors started to exchange the information. They discussed how the disease progresses in the elderly abd what symptoms they have. This was due to the fact that it was the elderly who were in a special risk zone. The disease most often manifested in the elderly, and if they suffered from concomitant diseases, then the course of the disease was much more complicated.

The elderly was the most vulnerable. But young people and children seemed to be in the security group, and early studies were able to confirm that fact. One of them was attended by about two and a half thousand children and adolescents who were diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that under the age of 18, there is only 1.7% of young patients. And in the event that the population of the territory covered by the virus is small, children and adolescents have the virus in rare cases. However, in most patients, coronavirus proceeded in mild or asymptomatic form.

Of the total number of cases, only 14% of young patients were treated in hospitals. But new studies have shown that there have been cases of deaths, and that alarmed the parents. Doctors have announced a pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome. Due to its fault, about a hundred of children died in seven countries around the world.

Doctors reported how to determine the syndromes in a child. First of all, these are cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste and smell. The list of symptoms does not end there, but others are less common - running nose, vomiting, diarrhea.

Scientists noticed: a pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome appears after children get COVID-19. At first, they were not sure that the two diseases were interconnected, but then they established a connection.

Jeffrey Burns, an intensive care specialist at the Boston Children's Hospital, noted that the syndrome is often mistaken for such rare childhood illnesses as Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome. They include persistent fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, skin rashes, shortness of breath, constant fatigue.