NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Coronavirus was initially thought to not impact young people. But there’s concern in recent days that a rare illness may be tied to COVID-19.
It’s being called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome.
Many of the children who have gotten sickened either tested positive for COVID or are carrying the antibodies. Through Sunday, the city has 137 cases with 66 testing positive for COVID or the antibodies.
Parents should be on the look out for a persistent fever, abdominal pain and rash.
Dr. Glenn Fennelly is a professor of pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School who explains what we know about it to this point.
“It’s probably a post-infectious problem, where children may have a COVID infection. It may lead to some excessive inflammation, potentially auto-immune where the immune system attacks parts of the body.”
Using the assumption that children have been staying inside several weeks, Fennelly draw some conclusions.
“This could be a later syndrome. It indicates that it could be just the tip of an iceberg and there was a relatively high burden of infections in children that may have not been discernible in other ways,” Fennelly said.
While health officials looked gain more information about how the pediatric syndrome is spread, Fennelly said it could complication reopening schools.
Cases have been reported and investigated in multiple states and countries.