NHS doctors issued the urgent alert as the sharp rise in the cases of children being admitted to the intensive care unit because of the corona-virus related condition have been seen. In response to this alert, health officials said that there are growing concerns that corona-virus related inflammatory syndrome in children is emerging in the United Kingdom.
Over the past three weeks, an apparent rise has been seen in the number of children of different ages presenting a multi-system inflammatory syndrome requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions in the United Kingdom. Children are not expected to be worst affected by COVID-19 as very few children have been diagnosed since the beginning of the pandemic and fewer have died around the world.
Apparent resilience to the infection by the young people has baffled doctors. Young people are often super-spreaders of viral diseases such as flu. Children with such conditions are commonly being seen with stomach pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting.
Doctors compared this mysterious illness to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease that combined cause fever, breathing issues, and harmful internal swelling, all are the hallmark symptoms of the novel coronavirus. But some of the ill children tested negative for the novel coronavirus, furthering complication the diagnosis. The number of children who have been diagnosed and who have died with the illness is not clear. But it is thought to have affected only the small number of patients so far.
The memo, sent out by the NHS trust and tweeted by the Paediatric Intensive Care Society said that the reported cases have in common the overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease with parameters of blood that are consistent with COVID-19 in children.
The alert is suggesting referring children to having symptoms of abdominal pain as a matter of urgency. In the event that the condition ends up being progressively far-reaching it could include another component of risk to the coronavirus flare-up, which so far seems to be sparing the children.
Just nine individuals, who were younger than 19 years have died with COVID-19 in England, out of an aggregate of 18,420. The reasons behind this are muddled however researchers have recommended that lower paces of other serious ailments and the absence of age-related lung harm might be protective.
According to the NHS notice, the cases related to this inflammatory syndrome just started appearing in the last three weeks, the reason for this may be that it is slow developing or it is so rare that it becomes noticeable only in the peak of the epidemic when almost a million people have been infected in London alone.
Dr. Elizabeth Whittaker, a pediatrician at St. Mary’s Hospital tweeted that medics in other countries had also reported the same disease. She said that their Spanish and Italian colleagues also reported it. The number of cases is small but significant. Primary care is needed to be vigilant so the people who are affected are in the right place to receive appropriate care if required.
The notice warned of the sharp rise in the number of the children being admitted to concentrated consideration with a ‘multisystem inflammatory state’. It said the spike had been found in the previous three weeks – yet didn’t clarify why it had just barely been noticed. It isn’t clear if it was already happening before.
The memo sent to GPs in North London by the clinical commissioning group. But it didn’t affirm which CCG has sent this memo. The alert was likewise tweeted by the Pediatric Intensive Care Society, and the British Pediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group.