Rare syndrome associated with COVID-19 in children
A rare but dangerous reaction that may be linked to coronavirus infection was detected in some cases in UK, BBC reports.
This includes "multi-system inflammation" with flu-like symptoms.
Atypical Kawasaki Disease and toxic shock syndrome
The alert, issued by NHS England to GPs, said there was "a growing concern" that a coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infection linked to these cases. The young patients had similar features to atypical Kawasaki Disease and toxic shock syndrome, which can include a high temperature, low blood pressure, a rash and difficulty breathing.
Some also had gastrointestinal symptoms - tummy pain, vomiting or diarrhoea - and inflammation of the heart, as well as abnormal blood test results.
The alert advises these cases need urgent treatment.
But experts stress that very few children become severely ill with coronavirus. Ina a report released in April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that children diagnosed with coronavirus in the United States typically have mild cases of the virus.
In response to the reports, Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said that although a small number of children can become severely ill with Covid-19, it is "very rare," with evidence showing that children appear to be least affected by the virus.
Thankfully Kawasaki-like diseases are very rare, as currently are serious complications in children related to Covid-19, but it is important that clinicians are made aware of any potential emerging links so that they are able to give children and young people the right care fast," Professor Simon Kenny, NHS national clinical director for children and young people said in a statement sent to CNN.
Racial disparities among children with COVID-19
Here in Chicago at Lurie Children's Hospital, we are just starting to see an increase in the number of older adolescents that are being hospitalized with fairly severe Covid disease that is requiring treatment," announced to CNN Dr. Tina Tan, professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
She explained that some of the kids in the town have some of the underlying conditions that would predispose you to getting more severe Covid disease, such as obesity and hypertension.
Also, racial disparities are emerging among Covid-19 cases in children, Tan said.
Out of Los Angeles they were reporting that younger African-Americans and Latinos were being affected by Covid more severely and actually being hospitalized".