Severe coronavirus-linked condition killed 285 American children

Severe coronavirus-linked condition killed 285 American children

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At least 285 American children have developed a severe inflammatory condition associated with coronovirus and most likely recovered, long-term or permanent damage is unknown, two new studies suggest.
The papers, published online on Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide a full report on the situation.
This condition is known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. It is considered abnormal and death is rare; Six out of 285 children died in new studies.
A magazine editorial states that cases in Europe, where it was first reported, have affected about 1,000 children worldwide.
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention case definitions include current or recent COVID-19 infection or virus exposure; Fever of at least 100.4 for at least 24 hours; Critical illness of hospitalization; Inflammatory markers in blood tests, and evidence of problems affecting at least two organs that may involve the heart, kidneys, lungs, skin, or other nervous system.
Digestive symptoms including nausea and diarrhea are common. Some children may have symptoms resembling Kawasaki disease, a rare condition in children that can cause inflammation and heart problems.
Dr. of Boston Children’s Hospital. Adrien Randolph said cases have occurred in at least 35 states, and local COVID-19 activity crops up just a few weeks after the peaks. He is a lead researcher for a multilevel study involving CDC scientists. The second paper included 99 children from New York State, where the first US cases occurred.
Combined, the papers show 285 cases from mid-March to late May, but Randolph said that additional American children have been diagnosed in June.
Most had current or recent COVID-19 infections, but were previously healthy.
In a multistate study, about 80% of children had heart problems, including coronary aneurysms _ an elevation in the heart artery that could be fatal.
“There is a need to follow those,” Roloff said. “This is a life-threatening concern for a lot of patients.”
Most of the affected children had no other health condition but about 30% were obese. This situation also affects Latino and Black children and boys badly.
The average age was 8 years old. Researchers do not know if adults can be affected.

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