Twenty-Eight Children Hospitalized in D.C. with Inflammatory Syndrome Linked to COVID-19

Ambulances were deployed at the emergency entrance outside Mount Sinai Hospital during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 13, 2020 (Mike Segar / Reuters)

While anti-pandemic measures are understandably aimed at protecting adults, the coronavirus also appears to pose a risk to children.

Aalthough COVID-19 still poses much less risk to children than to adults, reports in March that no child had died of the disease was apparently too good to be true.

Earlier this month, government officials in New York State were notified of about 100 children who had a serious condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), likely as a result of previous coronavirus infections.

The condition, called pediatric multisystem-inflammatory syndrome, has been reported approximately 100 children in New York State, including three who died, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said this week, “the New York Times reported on May 13. Cases have been reported in other states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said it will issue a warning soon asking physicians to report cases of children with symptoms of the syndrome. ”

In the past ten days, two dozen children with the syndrome have been admitted to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

“On May 13, we had five [cases]. Yesterday we had 23. Now we have 28, “said a Children’s spokesman National Review. “Most have tested positive for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies, and some tests are pending.” The spokesperson adds that for the first five cases, the hospital had not seen children for the condition this year.

The Centers for disease control MIS-C describes as follows:

Pediatric multi-inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) is a condition in which various parts of the body can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. We don’t yet know what causes MIS-C. However, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that caused it COVID-19or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even fatal, but most children diagnosed have got better with medical care.

While the percentage of children who develop the syndrome after a coronavirus infection is likely to be low, the exact figure remains unknown, because the SARS-CoV-2 virus is so new. “Is it hundreds of thousands or millions of children who have had the virus and we see, you know, maybe a hundred or 200 of these cases? Or have only thousands of children had the virus and we see hundreds of cases? That would be very worrying if the incidence so would be high, “said former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Face the Nation on May 17.

This was first discovered by the British [on] 26 April. The Italians have reported on a cluster. And then doctors and health officials in New York City first reported on a cluster here in the United States, ‘Gottlieb added. “There was a study in it Science Magazine about two weeks ago said that children are probably one third of the chance of becoming infected with coronavirus as adults. This means that children get infected, but probably at a much slower rate than adults. But they still get infected, and if you think that more than 20 million people in the United States have had the infection right now – and that’s possible – that means many children may have had it, too. “

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