Sumary of Doctors have a poor understanding of long COVID in children, report says:
- The clinical definition of long COVID in children is at present very limited and poorly understood by doctors, according to a new report published today [21 July].
- The report also found that symptoms typically associated with long COVID were having a significant physical and psychological impact on children’s day-to-day lives.
- Long COVID is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after acute COVID‑19. The report, led by the University of Bristol, is the first step in a COVID-19 testing in schools study to obtain opinions and experiences of long COVID from different groups of people.
- Prevalence and long-term impact of long COVID in children It is not known how many children have or will develop long COVID.
- To date, studies that have attempted to measure this suggest it is rare, however, a lack of clinical understanding of long COVID including no agreed clinical definition has made this difficult.
- The risk of long-term health outcomes among children with COVID-19 infection could be overestimated if those events are more likely with severe COVID-19 infection, and severe infection is more likely to be diagnosed.
- Isolation, school closures, disrupted education and other influences on family life could all have health consequences.
- ” This study demonstrates a significant step in helping expand our understanding of COVID-19 in school children and is another terrific example of why access to health data is crucial for vital research that informs the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.