Although COVID-19 continues to pose much less risk to children than to adults, reports in March that not a single child had died from the disease were apparently too good to be true.
Earlier this month, government officials in New York State became aware of about 100 children who had come down with a serious condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), likely due to earlier coronavirus infections.
“The condition, called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, has been reported in about 100 children in New York State, including three who died, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said this week,” the New York Times reported on May 13. “Cases have been reported in other states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it will soon issue an alert asking doctors to report cases of children with symptoms of the syndrome.”
In the past ten days, two dozen children with the syndrome were admitted to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
“On May 13, we had five [cases]. Yesterday, we had 23. Now we have 28,” a spokesperson for Children’s tells National Review. “Most have tested positive for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies, and some tests are pending.” The spokesperson adds that the hospital had seen no children admitted this year for the condition before those initial five cases.
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Source: National Review