Long COVID affects patients for weeks or months, but can children develop it?
It is a condition in which people who have been infected with coronavirus continue to have symptoms of the disease several weeks or months after their initial diagnosis. About 30 percent of adults who became ill with COVID-19 develop long-term symptoms, according to estimates from scientific studies.
But can children, who are less vulnerable to the disease, have COVID Largo?
Studies indicate that although children can present COVID Largo after being infected with coronavirus, they have
less likely than adults to be affected by symptoms that persist, return, or appear for the first time after a month or more after having the disease.
Figures vary on how often symptoms known as persistent COVID-19 occur in children.
A recently published study in the United Kingdom revealed that approximately 4 per cent of children and adolescents showed symptoms more than a month after being infected. Fatigue, headaches, and loss of smell were some of the most common symptoms, and most disappeared two months later.
Cough, chest pain, and brain fog are other long-term symptoms sometimes found in minors and can occur even after a mild infection or after no initial symptoms.
Some studies have found higher rates of persistent symptoms than the UK study, but it is believed that children tend to be less affected than adults.
WHAT ELSE CAUSES COVID IN CHILDREN?
Experts are not entirely sure what causes the symptoms in the long term.
In some cases, they may reflect organ damage caused by the initial contagion, or they could be the result of the virus and persistent inflammation in the body.
Children can develop other rare problems after the initial coronavirus infection, such as inflammation of the heart or a condition known as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
This includes fever and inflammation in different organs, among other possible symptoms. Affected minors generally require hospitalization, although most recover. A similar condition can occur in adults.
AFTER THE CONTAGE?
The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has some clinicians concerned about the likelihood that greater numbers of children are at risk for persistent COVID-19 and these other conditions.
Because of the potential for long-term consequences, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends follow-up medical visits once minors recover from an initial coronavirus infection.