A new study suggests there are major differences in the two ways children become severely ill from COVID-19, The New York Times reports.
- The findings “may help doctors and parents better recognize the conditions and understand more about the children at risk for each one,” according to The New York Times.
What does the study say?
About half the patients had COVID-19 similar to adults. The other half had multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C, the syndrome that has hit children nationwide due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
- Per ABC News: “MIS-C is a condition where different body parts like the heart, lungs, brain, skin, eyes and kidneys can become inflamed. The condition occurs in children who have been infected with COVID-19.”
The study found those with MIS-C were more likely to be 6 to 12 years old. More than 80% of patients with the regular COVID-19 diagnosis were younger than 6 or older than 12, per The New York Times.
- And more than two-thirds of patients were either Black or Hispanic, according to The New York Times.
- Those with MIS-C were more likely to not have an underlying health condition.
- According to WFLA, those with MIS-C tended to have more severe symptoms overall. Those patients were more likely to need treatment from intensive care units, too.
- “All I can say right now is we don’t know,” said Dr. Angela Campbell, a CDC medical officer with the Influenza Division, according to CNN.
For now, children still can’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, per Today.com.
- “The timeline for when kids of all ages will have access to the COVID-19 vaccines is still in flux and will depend on when the data from these trials is released,” according to Today.com.