HealthDay Reports: COVID-19 Still Rare in Kids, But Far From Harmless — Study
A common thread among the children with COVID-19 was that an overwhelming majority — 83 percent — suffered from an underlying health condition, a new study says.
MONDAY, May 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. health officials start to learn how the new coronavirus affects children, a new study details the cases of 48 young patients who wound up in the intensive care units at 14 different hospitals after they were infected with COVID-19.
What common threads did the researchers find? An overwhelming majority -- 83 percent -- of these young patients suffered from an underlying health condition. Nearly 40 percent of those children needed a ventilator, and two died.
No child in the study had the new coronavirus-linked inflammatory syndrome that can cause life-threatening heart problems in children. Instead, the 48 patients showed the severe respiratory distress that has hit so many American adults so hard.