Children Infected With COVID-19 Show Symptoms Similar To Kawasaki Disease

The toxic shock-like syndrome causes inflammation in the blood vessels.


May 9, 2020


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So far, children around the world have been spared from the worst impact of COVID-19, but now, children infected with the infection are developing new symptoms of a rare inflammatory disease. The symptoms developed are similar to what is known as the Kawasaki disease or toxic-shock syndrome. This illness mostly affects children under the age of five, and causes inflammatory conditions in children.

A 5-year-old boy in New York, has died from this inflammatory illness linked to COVID-19. Health officials are also investigating 73 similar cases reported across New York. All of these children have exhibited symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease when infected with COVID-19. 

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “While rare, we’re seeing some cases where children affected with the coronavirus can become ill with symptoms similar to the Kawasaki disease or toxic shock-like syndrome that literally causes inflammation in their blood vessels. This past Thursday, a five-year-old boy passed away from COVID-related complications. And the state department of health is investigating several other cases.” 

The first cases were reported in Italy, Britain and Spain.

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