- Most children have a Covid-19 infection that is mild or even symptom-free.
- However, according to reports from the New York Times, cases of serious illnesses in children are accumulating in and around New York.
- The children show symptoms that are associated with Kawasaki syndrome. Three children have died, according to the latest newspaper report.
Coronavirus infection is harmless in most children. Many even remain symptom-free.
But there is worrying news from New York. Last week, 73 children showed severe symptoms, the New York Times writes. Three children have now died. The children’s symptoms were similar to Kawasaki syndrome.
Coronavirus or antibodies were found in most children
Whether or not there is actually a connection between the symptoms and the corona virus has yet to be evaluated. But the evidence of this is piling up. According to the “New York Times”, the local health authority announced a few days ago that most of the children admitted were tested positive for the coronavirus or at least antibodies were detectable in their bodies.
A few days earlier, the New York City Health Department announced that there were only 15 children being treated in the hospital.
Cause of Kawasaki syndrome unknown
The children suffered from rash, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Some had to be ventilated, the newspaper reports. These are symptoms that are typical of Kawasaki syndrome. This occurs especially in small children and leads to inflammation of the vessel walls.
Doctors are still divided on the cause of the syndrome. However, some believe that the disease is triggered by an overreaction of the immune system. Most children recover with quick treatment.
Experts from Germany warn of panic
The New York cases raise new questions about the coronavirus and how dangerous it is to children. But the president of the professional association of pediatricians Thomas Fischbach warned in the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” of panic: “There is no evidence of a connection between Covid-19 and Kawasaki syndrome,” said Fischbach.
Philipp Hennecke from the Clinic for General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital expressed similar skepticism in the “Munich Mercury”. There are around 200 Kawasaki cases in Germany every year. The cases are not demonstrably “corona-induced”, the newspaper quotes the doctor.