Experts are no longer sure that the coronavirus does not pose a deadly threat to children.
Already three children in New York have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome that is believed to be linked to a new coronavirus. This was announced on Saturday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Previously, it was thought that COVID-19, in general, does not pose a fatal danger to children.
On Friday, Cuomo announced the death of a five-year-old child who fell ill with a coronavirus, which as a result, led to a complication in the form of a syndrome with symptoms of toxic shock and Kawasaki disease. Across the state, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least three young people. The Governor did not provide detailed information about their ages or the circumstances of their deaths.
Cuomo said he is concerned that the latest case of the syndrome in a child means an increased risk for children who were previously considered mostly immune to severe forms of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
The Governor said that the state authorities are now aware of 73 cases where children infected with COVID-19 have shown symptoms of THE same syndrome – primarily, inflammation of blood vessels, which, in turn, can cause heart problems.
Cuomo said that the sick children tested positive for COVID-19, but the symptoms, he said, appeared after the patients were hospitalized.
Calling it an “alarming” event, the Governor said experts had previously been under the impression that young people were not at risk of the coronavirus.
“We are no longer sure about this,” he said – this may have been going on for several weeks, and this syndrome has not been diagnosed as related to COVID.”
According to Cuomo, the New York Department of Health, together with the New York Genome Center and Rockefeller University, is trying to find out whether there is a genetic basis for the appearance of the syndrome, cases of which were first reported in the UK, Italy, and Spain.
The Federal Centers for disease control and prevention asked New York to develop national criteria for detecting the syndrome.
The syndrome causes symptoms of toxic shock and is also similar to Kawasaki disease, which leads to fever, skin rashes, epithelial edema, and in severe cases, inflammation of the heart arteries. Kawasaki disease affects mainly infants and children aged 1 to 5 years; its origin is unknown.
Scientists are still trying to determine whether the syndrome is related to the new coronavirus because not all children with this syndrome have been diagnosed with COVID-19.