Children's illness may be linked to Covid-19

Henrietta Strickland
May 6, 2020

More than a dozen children between the ages of 2 and 15 have been diagnosed and hospitalized with an inflammatory syndrome that doctors don't have a good understanding of yet, but which they speculate may have some connection to the novel coronavirus, according to the New York Times. It causes inflammation of the arteries, affects the lymph nodes and can cause fatal heart attacks.

Four of the fifteen children tested positive for the coronavirus, and six were confirmed to have antibodies.

City officials are calling on medical workers and parents to consult with specialized doctors if they find children with the symptoms.

Numerous children, ages 2 to 15, had tested positive for either COVID-19 or for having COVID-19 antibodies.

The World Health Organization said it is investigating the link between COVID-19 and the mysterious syndrome, which is not believed to have caused any deaths.

Serious symptoms linked to the coronavirus are sending young children to intensive care units, public health officials say.

Britain's Paediatric Intensive Care Society issued a warning late last month noting a rise in cases of children who tested positive for COVID-19 developing symptoms of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease, with abdominal pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac inflammation.

Although no fatalities have been reported among these cases, the alert states that five required mechanical ventilation and more than half of the patients required blood pressure support.

Similar symptoms have been reported in other countries, including the United Kingdom.

"If the above-described inflammatory syndrome is suspected, pediatricians should immediately refer patients to a specialist in pediatric infectious disease, rheumatology, and/or critical care, as indicated", Daskalakis explained in the health alert. "Only severe cases may have been recognized at this time".

NY residents have been ordered to stay at home until May 15.

A high fever is also one of the main symptoms of Kawasaki disease, according to The Mayo Clinic.

The 15 kids in the city were hospitalized between April 17 and May 1. Toxic shock can cause a sunburn-like rash on patients' palms and the soles of their feet.

"What we have been seeing is that there are some children who may have an inflammation of those blood vessels, and are developing a toxic-shock-like syndrome", he said, adding that he had spoken to number of hospital directors about a small number of cases.

On Monday night, Zucker reiterated that state health officials were aware of multiple cases of this syndrome in New York City hospitals, and that he had spoken with medical providers statewide about it.

"I have not gotten any reports of the multi-symptom inflammatory Kawasaki disease that's affecting individuals throughout the United States", said Persichilli during Gov.

Similar cases have also been reported in Italy and Spain.

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