Dozens of young Americans were hospitalized with serious inflammatory disease, probably related to the coronavirus.
The condition, first noted in Europe, like Kawasaki disease, a rare disease associated with inflammation of the arteries. The authorities in new York announced more than 60 possible cases of illness and 3 deaths, which it’s associated.
Some doctors say that cases in new York increase the likelihood that a new syndrome is a rare complication COVID-19, although this has not been confirmed.
So should parents worry?
Dr. Jen Ashton, medical correspondent for ABC News, said that parents should remember that the increased risk of unlikely events are still unlikely. Doctors still believe that the majority of children with COVID-19 develop only unexpressed symptoms.
All parents should know the symptoms and signs associated with the disease. This includes:
- Irritation of the mucous membrane of the eye
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swelling of hands and feet
On Sunday, the Commissioner of health of new York city and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Howard Zucker said additional disturbing signs and said that “the most important thing parents should do is to proceed with extreme caution”when talking about a new illness, perhaps associated with a coronavirus. “I would say to parents that if the child has nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pallor (face color is changing the color of the lips and fingers)– if the child has chest pain… they should call the doctor to the child was examined”,- said Zucker.
As this disease is poorly studied, the children who fall into the intensive care unit, receive only supportive treatment. “Doctors treat the symptoms because we still do not know the cause”,- said Ashton.
Ashton stresses that the information in the peer-reviewed medical literature indicates that only a small percentage of those who have confirmed the coronavirus is children, less than 3%.
“For some reason that we do not completely understand this age group – children under the age of 18, 20 years free from major symptoms COVID-19”,- she said. “We don’t think this means that they do not become infected, but for some reason, most do not show clinical disease”.