Coronavirus: Up to 100 children affected by rare inflammatory reaction

Coronavirus: Up to 100 children affected by rare inflammatory reaction

Coronavirus: Up to 100 children affected by rare inflammatory reaction

Baystate Children's Hospital is asking pediatricians to be "on the lookout" for patients with symptoms associated with an acute inflammatory condition that has been linked to COVID-19.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to test all children with symptoms of a rare inflammatory condition for the coronavirus and its antibodies as dozens of cases have been identified across the country.

New York's Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley and the Finger Lakes previously met the standards, and regions are preparing to reopen in phases as early as Friday. Two boys ages five and seven and a teenage girl, age 18, all from downstate have died as a result.

"These kids are testing negative with the nasal swab, but they are testing positive for antibodies in the bloodstream, which shows they had past infection, but their parents may not have known that", Dr.

Child health experts in the United Kingdom say it may not be something which just affects children.

What exactly causes this to happen remains somewhat mysterious, Son says.

As children have been presenting with a wide array of symptoms, physicians have only noted that the condition sometimes seems "Kawasaki-like".

"It's sobering, it's bluntly frightening", de Blasio said, "and I want to say to parents out there, if you're hearing this information about pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome and it sounds scary, it does sound scary". It's also not clear why there are such a wide range of symptoms. In the last two weeks, we have just seen this cluster of children where some of them look very like Kawasaki.

Treatments may include blood thinners and immune system modulators. None have died, she said.

The pandemic has killed almost 295,000 people, with total infections surpassing 4.31 million, while over 1.52 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

He added there is still a lot to learn about the illness and more details are emerging from cases in New York City and overseas in Europe every day.

Out of the approximately 100 cases, Oishei Children's Hospital has reported three.

"To date, most children affected have done well".

The syndrome shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, which is associated with fever, skin rashes, swelling of glands, and, in the most severe cases, inflammation of arteries of the heart.

Cuomo said that earlier this week, New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker sent an alert to 49 other state health departments and did a nationwide call to warn of the recent uptick in inflammatory cases.

Dr. Turkovich said in response: "I think the vast majority of children are going to be either asymptomatic meaning they have no symptoms or very mild symptoms". "It's important to be very cautious at this point about coming up with any conclusions".

There is some good news, though. Frank Esper, first author of the 2005 report and a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital. And given the scale of a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 80,000 lives in the USA alone, the relatively small share of sick children is a reassuring sign that the youngest people touched by the virus are vastly better off than older patients.

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