May 11, 2020 – In Breaking News – Yahoo News, The Week
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Sunday that three New York children have died and 73 have become gravely ill with an inflammatory disease tied to COVID-19.
The illness, pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, has symptoms similar to toxic shock or Kawasaki disease.
Two of the children who died were of elementary school age, the third was an adolescent, and they were from three separate counties and had no known underlying health issues, said New York health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.
(New York may have as many as 93 cases of children presenting with a new pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome likely linked to COVID-19. At least three children have died, and two more deaths are under investigation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Courtesy of NBC New York and YouTube. Posted on May 11, 202.)
Cases have been reported in several other states.
New York City health officials warned about the disease last week, but health providers were alerted on May 1 after hearing of reports from Britain, The New York Times reports.
Symptoms have included prolonged high fever, racing hearts, rash, and severe abdominal pain.
Dr. David Reich, president of Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, said the five cases his hospital treated started with gastrointestinal issues and progressed to very low blood pressure, expanded blood pressure, and in some cases, heart failure.
“We were all thinking this is a disease that kills old people, not kids,” he told The Washington Post.
Cuomo made a similar point.
(Three children have now died in New York state from a possible complication from the coronavirus involving swollen blood vessels and heart problems, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. Courtesy of The Telegraph and YouTube. Posted on May 10, 2020.)
It isn’t just children struggling with arterial inflammation.
In fact, for a virus originally believed to primarily destroy the lungs, COVID-19 also “attacks the heart, weakening its muscles and disrupting its critical rhythm,” the Post reports.
“It savages kidneys so badly some hospitals have run short of dialysis equipment.”
“It crawls along the nervous system, destroying taste and smell and occasionally reaching the brain.”
“It creates blood clots that can kill with sudden efficiency.”
(The National Institutes of Health announced the launch of a study to learn more about the coronavirus’ effect on children after more severe cases than previously thought possible have been seen. The study comes as schools and universities across the country ready to open in the fall, believing younger people to be the least vulnerable to the worst of COVID-19. Dr. Tara Narula speaks to one teenager who was so sick she had to be put on a ventilator. Courtesy of CBS This Morning and YouTube. Posted on May 5, 2020.)
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