Long COVID symptoms in children rarely persist for more than 12 weeks

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Credit: Unsplash / CC0 public domain Unlike adults, long COVID symptoms rarely persist for more than 12 weeks in children and adolescents. However, according to a review led by the Murdoch Children's
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Unlike adults, long COVID symptoms rarely persist for more than 12 weeks in children and adolescents. However, according to a review led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), more research was needed to investigate the risks and impacts of long-term COVID in young people to guide vaccine policy decisions in Australia.

The review is Pediatric Infectious Diseases JournalExisting studies of long-term COVID in children and adolescents have significant limitations, and some have no difference in symptoms between those infected with SARS-CoV-2 and those who are not.

It comes as new MCRICOVID-19 Research Outline He also states that after 10 months of circulation, the Delta strain did not cause more serious illness in children than previous variants and remained asymptomatic or mild in most cases.

But it found children and adolescents with existing health conditions, including obesity, Chronic kidney disease, Cardiovascular disease and immune disorders have a 25-fold increased risk of severe COVID-19.recently Systematic review Reported severe COVID-19 occurred in 5.1% of children and adolescents with pre-existing conditions, and 0.2% otherwise.

MCRI Professor Nigel Curtis said that children with SARS-CoV-2 infection are usually asymptomatic or have mild illness with low hospitalization rates, but the risks and characteristics of long-term COVID are well understood. Said not.

"Current studies lack clear case definitions and age-related data, follow-up periods vary and rely on symptoms reported by oneself or parents without laboratory confirmation," he said. .. "Another important issue is that many studies have low response rates and may overestimate the risk of long COVIDs."

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