Even though children are less likely to develop severe illness when infected with COVID-10, they are still exposed to potential risks and lifelong complications. The pediatric inflammatory, multisystem syndrome is present in 93 children from New York, and researchers are suggesting that it may have been caused by the implications of COVID-19.
On the 10th of March, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that three children have died, and two additional deaths are being analyzed. The syndrome is currently present in the USA and Europe and can be spotted six weeks after getting in contact with an infection. The symptoms usually include high fever and low blood pressure, as well as abdominal pain. The illness bears a resemblance to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, which are responsible for the inflammation of blood vessels.
Fortunately, severe illness is less common for children than for adults that become infected with the deadly coronavirus. A recent study has analyzed the cases in 16 North American pediatric intensive care units. The outcome revealed that only 48 children needed intensive care, being taken care of in 14 hospitals. The age of the patients was between 4 and 16 years old.
In addition to this, 35% of the children developed respiratory problems, and 18 of them underwent ventilation, as reported by JAMA Pediatrics. Moreover, 17 children were considered as critically ill and even experienced respiratory failure or multi-organ failure. On the 10th of April, two of the patients have died, and 15 of them remained under medical supervision.
Consequently, the mortality rate in this age gap was 5%, compared to the almost 62% mortality rate for adults. Jeffrey Burns is a pediatric critical care specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has recently declared that the deadly virus produces less critical effects on children than it does on adults. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the oldest age groups are the majority as far as the hospitalization rate is concerned.