Sumary of Children and Long COVID: What We Know at the Moment:
- Share on PinterestExperts say the Delta variant may be causing long-haul COVID-19 to become more common.
- Westend61/Getty ImagesIn a recent study, researchers say 1 in 7 children who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, still had symptoms 15 weeks after their diagnosis.
- Experts say children rarely become seriously ill from the disease, but the Delta variant may be making long-haul COVID-19 more common.
- They say the situation makes it even more important for parents and teachers to be aware of long-haul COVID-19 in children.
- A new study in England shows that 1 in 7 children testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may have symptoms linked to the virus months afterward, a condition also known as long-haul COVID-19, or “long COVID.
- ”Although children rarely become severely ill with COVID-19, the study shows the symptoms they do have can linger as long as they do in adults who are also experiencing long COVID.
- It found that 11- to-17-year-olds who tested positive were twice as likely to report three or more symptoms 15 weeks later than those who tested negative.
- Among those testing positive, 14 percent had three or more symptoms such as headaches or unusual tiredness 15 weeks later, compared to 7 percent among the control group.