Two children in Washington have tested positive for coronavirus-related syndrome

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 23, 2020

As of May 18, there had been a total of 191 confirmed COVID-19 cases among children ages 0-19, with no new confirmed hospitalizations among that population for two weeks. It should be suspected in all deaths in children who had evidence of COVID-19 infection, the CDC said.

Throughout the pandemic, it had appeared children without underlying conditions were relatively untouched by the novel coronavirus.

So far, these two cases are Washington's only reports of healthy children presenting with the severe inflammatory syndrome.

The New York State Department of Health is now investigating 157 cases of the illness, which seems to be linked to COVID-19.

On May 15, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm issued a Rapid Risk Assessment alert on Paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome and SARS-CoV-2 infection in children, which said that "about 230 suspected cases of this new paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection (PIMS-TS) have been reported in EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom in 2020, including two fatalities, one in the United Kingdom and one in France... to date, an association between SARS-CoV-2 infection and this new clinical entity of multisystem inflammation has not yet been established, although an association appears plausible". "People under the age of 19 make up five per cent of COVID-19 cases and no Canadian children are known to have died", she added. While children have symptoms that look similar to the traditional Kawasaki's disease, with rashes and fever, older patients tend to be hit more severely, with the syndrome affecting their heart and other organs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also refers to the syndrome as MIS-C, has listed the illness on its website, but says openly, "CDC is still learning about MIS-C and how it affects children, so we don't know why some children have gotten sick with MIS-C and others have not".

Public health officials said they will not release any additional information about the Washington state cases, citing privacy concerns.

"Studies in China have shown children are just as likely to acquire COVID-19 from household contacts as are adults", Kurji added.

He also urged parents and children with symptoms to go for testing at one of the assessments centres at the region's three hospitals, which are open seven days a week.

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