This is simply terrifying.
Courtesy of Medical Press:
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), believed to be linked to COVID-19, damages the heart to such an extent that some children will need lifelong monitoring and interventions, said the senior author of a medical literature review published Sept. 4 in EClinicalMedicine, a journal of The Lancet.
Case studies also show MIS-C can strike seemingly healthy children without warning three or four weeks after asymptomatic infections, said Alvaro Moreira, MD, MSc, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Moreira, a neonatologist, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the university’s Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.
“According to the literature, children did not need to exhibit the classic upper respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 to develop MIS-C, which is frightening,” Dr. Moreira said. “Children might have no symptoms, no one knew they had the disease, and a few weeks later, they may develop this exaggerated inflammation in the body.”
The team reviewed 662 MIS-C cases reported worldwide between Jan. 1 and July 25. Among the findings:
71% of the children were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
60% presented with shock.
Average length of stay in the hospital was 7.9 days.
100% had fever, 73.7% had abdominal pain or diarrhea, and 68.3% suffered vomiting.
90% had an echocardiogram (EKG) test and 54% of the results were abnormal.
22.2% of the children required mechanical ventilation.
4.4% required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
11 children died.
“This is a new childhood disease that is believed to be associated with SARS-CoV-2,” Dr. Moreira said. “It can be lethal because it affects multiple organ systems. Whether it be the heart and the lungs, the gastrointestinal system or the neurologic system, it has so many different faces that initially it was challenging for clinicians to understand.”
I get so pissed off when I hear people like Betsy DeVos saying that children are essentially immune to this disease.
No, goddamn it! They are not!
And what’s more, we can totally think that the children dodged a bullet when they only display minor symptoms and then three weeks later they can die in our arms.
To keep our children safe we need to keep them isolated from this virus until we come up with a proven vaccine that will protect them.
And any other plan is essentially rolling the dice on their survival.