11 small children in Washington state hospitalized with coronavirus-similar syndrome

Henrietta Strickland
August 9, 2020

The project is called Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kids) and strives for the creation of "cutting-edge approaches" for understanding what influences the wide variety of conditions in children infected with the coronavirus.

More than 338,000 children in the United States were diagnosed with COVID-19 until July 31, representing about 8 per cent of the almost 5 million cases reported so far in the country.

The syndrome has hit the Hispanic community particularly hard. While 13% of the state's population is Hispanic, 55% of the children diagnosed with the syndrome are Hispanic.

While most children infected with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, experience a mild form of illness, others develop a severe inflammation of organs and tissues that can be fatal.

King County has had three cases, Snohomish had two and Skagit had one.

Jaewon Ryu, says MIS-C has been compared to another rare childhood condition called Kawasaki Disease, because it shares some of the same symptoms, "We have not seen it thus far, but obviously are closely monitoring".

Affected organs can include the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

It has been reported in children and adolescent patients about two to four weeks after the onset of COVID-19.

"While MIS-C is very rare, parents should be aware it can happen and contact their health care provider if their children develop new or unusual symptoms", said Dr. Kathy Lofy, health officer for the state Department of Health. It has been observed that young children have a reduced chance of critical troubles from COVID-19, and only a little proportion have been impacted by MIS-C.

The report said that according to Murray, recent measures in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas has allowed a small decline in cases, but deaths in those states have not dropped off.

Experts warned that the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and asymptomatic transmissions.

The state Department of Health reports 9% of cases in the American Indians or Alaska Natives which make up 1% of the state's population. About 60 per cent of children with MIS-C in MA have been Black or Hispanic.

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