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COVID: Study has identified hazards of extended COVID in children

by Pragati Singh
Covid Study For Childeren

A research done in eight countries and published in JAMA Network Open discovered that approximately 6% of children with COVID-19 who went to the ED later had signs of extended COVID. Long COVID was associated with a first-time hospitalisation lasting 48 hours or more, four or more symptoms present at the first ED visit, and being 14 years old or older.

“We observed that in certain children, illness with COVID-19 is related with reporting ongoing symptoms after 3 months,” said Principal Investigator Stephen Freedman, MDCM, MSc, of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. The most often reported chronic symptoms in children were weariness or weakness, cough, trouble breathing, or shortness of breath.

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“Our discovery that children who initially experienced many COVID-19 symptoms were at higher risk for protracted COVID is consistent with research in adults,” stated Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Unfortunately, there are no recognised therapies for protracted COVID in children, thus additional research is needed. If symptoms are severe, the most important part of treatment is symptom-focused care. If symptoms are interfering with one’s quality of life, multidisciplinary care is required.”

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