Sumary of Severe COVID in Kids: Rare, but Brain Issues Can Result:
- About one-third of the stricken kids had symptoms that didn’t resolve in the short term, though it’s unknown how long their brain problems will linger, the researchers said.
- “Whilst they had a low risk of death, half needed intensive care support and a third had neurological disability identified.
- Many were given complex medication and treatments, often aimed at controlling their own immune system.
- Only 0.1% become so sick that they need treatment in an intensive care unit.
- “We have seen kids suffer the worst outcomes of COVID-19 infection across the gamut, whether it’s clotting complications, cardiac effects, now brain and nerve deficits, and potentially longer-term symptoms referred to as ‘long-hauler,'” Jhaveri said.
- For this study, British researchers gathered data on pediatric neurological symptoms linked to COVID-19 using a real-time nationwide notification system.
- The researchers further split the cases between kids who suffered brain problems during their initial COVID-19 infection and those whose symptoms developed as a result of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
- Those who later fell ill with MIS-C had a different set of symptoms and were more likely to require intensive care, the study authors noted.