Doctors refer to the condition that has treated dozens of children in hospital as “a pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome,” and health officials believe it could be linked to coronavirus. Three children have died because of that in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
New York is investigating if these cases contradict the belief that children are less at risk for the corona virus and what other hospitals must watch out for, Cuomo said.
The pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome does not show the superiority of coronavirus in children who have been diagnosed, Cuomo said. It presents symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.
Kawasaki disease causes inflammation in the artery walls and can limit blood flow to the heart. It produces a high temperature that lasts for five days, rashes, swollen neck glands, chapped lips, swelling of the hands and feet, and redness in both eyes.
The difference in symptoms can be attributed to the pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome which is the second phase of coronavirus, said pediatrician Dr. Glenn Budnick at CNN Newsroom on Saturday.
“Your immune system overreacts to viruses, and because this is an inflammatory disease, this overreaction can cause diseases like Kawasaki,” Budnick said.
How widespread is the infection?
The New York state health department is studying the case of 73 children, Cuomo said on Saturday.
Most of them tested positive for corona virus or had positive antibody tests.
Similar cases have been reported internationally.
What did the official say?
While the case remains only in dozens, Cuomo urges vigilance.
“This is still a developing situation, but this is a serious situation,” Cuomo said.
The New York Department of Health is communicating with the CDC and federal officials regarding these cases, and the CDC has asked the state to develop national criteria so that health professionals across the country know what to look for, he said.
To better understand the situation, the health department is working with the New York Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct genome and RNA sequencing studies, Cuomo said.
The potential risk for children comes when anxiety increases because coronaviruses have killed more than 78,000 people across the country.
“We work under the impression that young people are not affected by Covid-19,” Cuomo said. “We are not so sure that is the fact anymore.”
CNN Faith Karimi and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.
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