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Covid syndrome affects children’s hearts

A multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), can cause serious damage to children’s hearts.


It is believed that this syndrome is linked to Covid-19 and in some cases the relationship between the two means that it may be necessary for children to be monitored and interfering throughout their lives.

That was the main conclusion of a study published last week in ClinicalMedicine, one of the publications in the prestigious “The Lancet”. Even after cases of asymptomatic infection, MIS-C can affect seemingly healthy children.

The study was conducted by neonatologist and professor of pediatrics Alvaro Moreira, from the University of Texas at San Antonio, in the United States.

According to the study’s author, children do not need to experience common Covid-19 respiratory symptoms to develop MIS-C, which is scary.” Within a few weeks, excessive inflammation in the body can develop.

The work team analyzed 662 cases of MIS-C reported worldwide between January 1 and July 25. They concluded that 71% of children affected were admitted to intensive care units and 60% were in shock. The average stay time in the hospital was 7.9 days.

In terms of symptoms, 100% of children had fever, 74% abdominal pain or diarrhea and 68% vomiting. About 22% of children needed mechanical ventilation, 4% needed extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and 11 ended up dying.

According to Alvaro Moreira, it is assumed that this childhood disease is associated with Covid-19e, which can be fatal because its effects are visible in several organs.

“Whether it’s the heart and lungs, the gastrointestinal system or the neurological system, it has so many different faces that it was initially difficult for doctors to understand,”” he added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on January 30, 2020, that the outbreak of the disease caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Importance – the highest level of alert of the Organization, as provided for in the International Health Regulations. On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was characterized by the WHO as a pandemic.
There were 26,171,112 cases of COVID-19 (285,387 new compared to the previous day) and 865,154 deaths (6,014 new compared to the previous day) as of September 4, 2020.

In the Region of the Americas, 8,246,237 people who were infected with the new coronavirus have recovered, according to data from September 2, 2020.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and WHO are providing technical support to Brazil and other countries in the preparation and response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Protective measures: wash your hands frequently with soap and water or gel alcohol and cover your mouth with your forearm when you cough or sneeze (or use a disposable handkerchief and, after coughing/sneezing, throw it in the trash and wash your hands).

If a person has minor symptoms, such as mild cough or mild fever, there is usually no need to seek medical attention. The person can stay at home, do self-isolation (according to the guidelines of national authorities) and monitor symptoms. Seek immediate medical attention if you have difficulty breathing or chest pain/pressure.

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