Possible link between COVID-19 and rare illness in children

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Coronavirus updates: U.S. The U.K.’s National Health Service says it normally affects about 8 in every 100,000 children each year, mostly under the age of 5.Hes said she was “not surprised” by the report because children can sometimes develop Kawasaki disease after a bout with a common cold, which is caused by a different variety of bug in the coronavirus family. Pediatrician explains why she’s “not surprised” the coronavirus is being linked to a rare disease in children

By Elizabeth Elkind

April 29, 2020 / 8:34 AM
/ CBS News

COVID-19 cases in children rise

Doctors in the U.K. She added that Kawasaki could pop up “weeks to months later” after experiencing some kind of viral infection or “multiple viral infections.” Experts in Italy and Britain are looking into the possible link after doctors in hard-hit northern Italy reported “extraordinarily large numbers” of children under age 9 with severe cases of what looks to be Kawasaki, according to Reuters. Researchers are now investigating whether clusters of infants arriving at hospitals in those two countries with high fevers and signs of inflammatory illness can be traced back to the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, “it’s not fatal, it’s very treatable,” Dr. “You can get it [Kawasaki disease] after flu. Dr. Hes told CBSN anchors Vladimir Duthiers and Anne-Marie Green. “They are kids who are already immunosuppressed in some way.”
First published on April 28, 2020 / 1:47 PM Dr. are warning that the coronavirus could be linked to Kawasaki disease, a rare but serious illness in children. Hes said the ongoing research was “not published yet in peer review journals,” but pointed out that not all of the children studied who had Kawasaki were diagnosed with COVID-19. However, she noted the rapidly-changing nature of information doctors are learning about the coronavirus. “I think that what we’re learning more and more is that COVID-19 can cause just about any symptom and attack any part of the body, but particularly the vasculature, it causes a lot of inflammation,” she explained. Such cases have not been seen in otherwise healthy children in New York City, according to Hes, who noted that she “just got off of the grand rounds” at New York Presbyterian Hospital.”The children that we’re seeing that have been critically ill, have been children who already have been critically ill with either kidney transplant or heart transplant,” Hes said. death toll tops 60,000 as labs race for a vaccine

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The exact cause is unknown, but Kawasaki disease is associated with fever, skin rashes, swelling of glands and in severe cases it can inflame blood vessels within the heart. Dyan Hes, a pediatrician in New York City, told CBS News she was “not surprised” to hear about the possible link. You can get it after multiple viral infections.”British doctors rang alarm bells over Kawasaki disease after a number of children diagnosed with COVID-19 died despite having no underlying health issues, according to U.K.