NYC docs warn COVID-19 may be linked to kids developing inflammatory disease, toxic shock: report

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May 04, 2020 - 1:55 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Some children in the greater New York City area are developing inflammatory disease and toxic shock that could be linked to COVID-19, according to a report. 

    Several pediatric patients at Mount Sinai Hospital developed “heart problems and low blood pressure that led to shock,” some of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 two to three weeks prior, NBC New York reported

    Dr. George Ofori, Pediatric Critical Care Director at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, told the outlet’s I-Team parents should monitor their children for symptoms that could lead to these medical issues. 

    “Some of the cases that we are currently treating entered our care presenting with symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and a low-grade fever. Others presented first with a rash, conjunctivitis, and/or cracked lips,” he said in a statement. 

    “Whether the underlying condition is COVID-19 or the body’s response to COVID-19 is not known at this time,” he added. “While it is too early to definitively say what is causing this, we believe it is important to alert the public as to what we are seeing.” 

    Cohen Children’s Hospital on Long Island has also seen “about a dozen critically ill pediatric patients in the past two weeks with similar inflammatory symptoms,” according to NBC New York. 

    Physicians are trying to determine whether COVID-19 “is triggering an overreaction of the immune system in some previously healthy children, perhaps even weeks after they were exposed,” the outlet reported.