Ochsner Warns Parents to Look Out for New, COVID-linked Mystery Sickness
While this mystery sickness is extremely rare in Louisiana children, there has been multiple cases in our state.
I would like to start by saying I am in no way trying to freak anyone out. I know, we have enough things to worry about these days, but as a parent of two little girls, I wanted to do my part to help get the word out on this new, mystery disease.
It's common knowledge at this point that children carry COVID-19 differently than adults, and experience different symptoms. In fact, most children who have contracted COVID-19 have been asymptomatic. In fact, one pediatrician believes 80% of our children either have the Coronavirus, or had it at some point, but never showed any symptoms.
Courtesy of CBS News, "Among the 149,082 confirmed U.S. cases of COVID-19 reported as of April 2, for which the patient's age was known, 2,572 — or 1.7% of the cases — were in children under 18 years old. Of the 745 cases in which data was available on whether or not the child was hospitalized, 147 children were reported to have been hospitalized, including 59 under the age of 1 year old."
The children who have shown symptoms have experienced fever, cough, and a small number have had shortness of breath.
Now, Ochsner Health in Lafayette and the CDC are warning parents to be on the lookout for a new, mystery disease linked to COVID-19.
They are calling it, "Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome" and the experts say it appears in the child's system after he/she has passed their COVID-19 infection. Ochsner says sometimes the symptoms appear weeks later. Considering the high rate of little ones who contract the Coronavirus but are asymptomatic, this is definitely something for all of us parents to look out for and monitor with our children.
Ochsner claims this mystery disease's symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing. They also say to watch out for randomly appearing rashes and tongues that become inflamed.
So far, this mystery disease is incredibly rare in our state, with only three cases. In fact, over half of the pediatric cases of this COVID-linked illness are in New York.
Still, something worth keeping an eye on.