Thursday, March 23rd, 2023

Children are suffering from Long COVID.

Over 144 million people are affected by Long COVID and around 10-20% of people who were infected by the coronavirus, experience post-COVID syndrome. Data shows how agonizing the disease and its long-term effects can be. However, a recent study revealed the risk of long COVID in children appears to be lower than what has been reported in adults and the symptoms are quite unique. Here is all you need to know about the long COVID symptoms among children.  

There has been a critical need to understand the impact of COVID-19 on children. Both in the short as well as long-term. Infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, US, adding that. This is one of the biggest studies we know of to explore what the post-acute sequelae look like in kids.  

The study has been published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. It used electronic health record data of 659,286 children tested for SARS-CoV-2. And compared children who tested positive with those who tested negative. The analysis used data from children and people younger than 21 years of age who underwent testing for SARS-CoV-2 between March 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021. 

What are the long COVID symptoms among children? 

Some unique symptoms include hair loss, skin rashes, and diarrhea. They also suffer from fatigue, difficulty concentrating (brain fog), and mood swings.  

Apart from that other common symptoms in children include fever, headache, sore throat; cough, weakness, sleep disturbances, lightheadedness after standing, muscle and joint pain; depression/anxiety, and altered sense of smell or taste. 

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