The incidence of children diagnosed with severe COVID-19 is low, statistics say. Nevertheless, kids are not on the safe side, as another life threat developed from the most recent pandemic. A bizarre infection that is surprisingly similar to Kawasaki Syndrome.
The new study revealed that the affected age group may be the victims of something called ‘cytokine storm’, in which the body releases an inadequate amount of cytokines as a response to inflammation. The bodily reaction has the main culprit for numerous deaths amongst adults for attacking the blood vessels, fever and skin rash being added in many cases.
This pediatric condition left the doctors bewildered at first, but the evidence was clear to put a name on it. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the health professionals about the potential link to COVID-19.
The doctors at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine took quick initiative in this matter. They completed a detailed report regarding the phenomenon characterized by the delayed yet deadly onset of ‘cytokine’ storm in underaged patients that contracted COVID-19 before.
Development of Rare Inflammation
It was estimated that 16,000 people aged 24 and under have caught the flu-like virus. Yet, at least 19 children aged 14 or younger and another 93 aged between 15 and 24 have died. In America, at least 100 children showed signs of Kawasaki-like condition alongside coronavirus, a phenomenon occurring also in Europe and the UK.
It is being referred to as pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PMIS). The doctors struggle to find the causal relation between coronavirus and PMIS and a possible treatment.
Between the end of April and the beginning of May four children under 16 years old had rashes and prolonged fever at Mount Sinai’s emergency room.
An upset stomach was listed in the main concerns, patients showing a lack of appetite and/or stomach pain and diarrhea.
The four tested negative for coronavirus but positive for the antibody test. One of the patients was COVID-19 positive more than weeks prior. Mt Sinai researchers explained:
It is possible that the mechanism of COVID-19 post-infectious cytokine release syndrome in children is a post-infectious phenomenon related to an antibody complex-mediated reaction.