Children fully recovered from covid-19 in India are now facing a new threat. According to the BBC, this month alone, at least four were hospitalized in the state of Maharashtra, with shortness of breath and low blood pressure.

The mothers had already contracted the disease for over a month, but the children did not develop any symptoms related to SARS-CoV-2. However, they began to show antibodies that indicated a previous infection.

Now, they are struggling with a new threat. A rare and potentially lethal multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which is associated with exposure to the virus, identical to Kawasaki disease, and which can affect multiple organs: heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or the gastrointestinal organs. According to the BBC, these symptoms appear four to six weeks after the children are reported to have recovered from covid-19.

Of the four children admitted to the Kasturba Hospital, two have already been discharged from hospital, while the others remain in intensive care.

Experts have already expressed concern about this “new threat” as they do not know its “depth” and do not yet have data on its impact on India.

I would be worried about this disease. We just don’t know the depth of this problem. It is disturbing to know that we still do not have data on the burden of this disease in India”, said SP Kalantri, doctor at Kasturba Hospital.

Since March, the pediatric intensive care unit at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi has received 75 children and adolescents aged between four and 15 years with this disease.

The United States has reported 4,000,000 cases associated with this syndrome, which resulted in 36 deaths.


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