Impact of the coronavirus on children: after months of COVID-19 outbreak in India, it has been observed that among symptomatic cases, people sometimes show different symptoms. First there was fever, difficulty breathing and coughing, however, many other symptoms like hearing loss, taste were also added to the list. In children, the novel Coronavirus has led to Kawasaki-like symptoms. Many hospitals in Mumbai have reported symptoms of COVID-19 in children that resemble Kawasaki disease.
It should be noted that Kawasaki disease affects children 5 years of age or younger. In this disease, a high grade fever forms and there is inflammation of the blood vessels which in some cases can cause serious damage to the coronary arteries. Symptoms like these are seen in some cases of coronavirus – mostly 10 to 14 year olds, reported the Indian Express.
According to the report, a 14-year-old patient was admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai after complaints of rash and high fever (Kawasaki symptoms). She was tested for coronavirus and transferred to intensive care as the condition worsened. In addition, the report noted that the young patient had undergone an ELISA test which showed the development of antibodies to the coronavirus, which means that the patient had fought against the infection.
Quoting Dr. Tanu Singhal, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases, the report pointed out that although Kawasaki disease affects children under the age of 5, its symptoms are reported in cases of COVID-19 in children 10 to 14 years old. Kawasaki-like symptoms can be seen in children after two to three weeks of coronavirus infection. According to her, two cases like this occurred: one in a private hospital in Jogeshwar and the other in the SRCC hospital.
In addition, Bai Jerbai Wadia hospital has also recorded four cases of coronavirus with Kawasaki-like symptoms. Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO of the hospital, said that even though Kawasaki-like symptoms are present, children have tested negative for COVID-19 because there is a possibility of antibodies developing in their bodies from here. the. More studies and data will be needed to reach a conclusion, said Dr. Biswa R Panda, a pediatric heart surgeon at the hospital.
Currently in Maharashtra, 14,474 cases of coronavirus have appeared in patients under the age of 20 years. Of these, 5,103 cases are those under 10 years of age and 9,371 cases have been recorded between the ages of 11 and 20 years. Cases like these were reported earlier in the United States, China, Italy and Spain in April of this year where children have developed these Kawasaki -symptoms.
After studying these cases, the Journal of American Medical Association also published a report in which 58 children with coronavirus exhibited Kawasaki-like symptoms. This was later described as a rare combination of “pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporarily associated with SARS-CoV-2”. The World Health Organization, on the other hand, then called it a multisystem inflammatory syndrome.