Eleven children in Washington State have been diagnosed with a rare condition believed to be caused by COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Four children were diagnosed with a rare disorder – known as Children’s Multifactor Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) – in May and seven have been sick since.
Not much is known about MIS-C, but it has been reported to affect the heart, kidneys, and intestines. Symptoms can include high fever, rash, swelling, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting, John McGuire, Seattle Children’s chief care officer told The Seattle Times.
McGuire explained that the condition appeared to have stemmed from a haystack immune response after COVID-19 was signed.
“These kids feel horrible,” said the doctor. “They were tired, weak, ached and had a high fever. They feel completely wiped out ”.
Fortunately, all sick children responded well to treatment, McGuire said.
A report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 570 children nationwide had developed MIS-C as of July 29, resulting in 10 deaths. It has been observed that children have a lower risk of serious complications from COVID-19, and only a small percentage are affected by MIS-C.