Research published this week described potential long-term complications that can happen in children who develop a mysterious condition linked to the coronavirus.
The study, which was published in JAMA Neurology earlier this week, looked at cases of children with the condition – now known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
It can lead children to develop anything from headaches, muscle weakness along with signs of brain damage.
MIS-C is a rare condition that can possibly be life-threatening in some cases during or shortly after a child is infected with the coronavirus.
Symptoms of the nasty condition include fever, skin rashes, breathing issues and a sharp drop in blood pressure that can disprove organs of oxygen and even lead to death.
The syndrome is understood to be caused by a flawed immune response to the virus – rather than by symptoms caused by the disease.
In the study, researchers looked at 27 children who had symptoms that were consistent with MIS-C, four of whom also had neurological symptoms.
Tests showed there were signs of brain damage in the corpus callosum – the part that helps the two sides of the organ communicate with one another.
But, none of the children reported having any respiratory symptoms – despite that they all tested positive for the virus, or having antibodies to it.
The authors of the study wrote: “Children with Covid-19 may present with new neurological symptoms involving both the central and peripheral nervous system.”
They added all four children who had damaged their brains needed intensive care after developing shock and were also placed on ventilators.
While two recovered fully, the others needed wheelchair assistance due to lower limb weakness at the time the study ended.
Most children do not develop serious symptoms of coronavirus and are less likely than adults to have flu-like signs associated with the disease.
It comes as a top UK government adviser is urged parents to “control” their teenagers outside school to stop the spread of coronavirus.
This comes as yesterday’s daily Downing Street briefing discussed the impact of “social interactions” outside of school.