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CHILDREN’S HEALTH: New findings about two ways children become ill from coronavirus

A nationwide study published in the journal JAMA has found important differences in the two major ways in which children have become seriously ill from the coronavirus, findings that may help doctors understand more about the children at risk for each one (Belluck, New York Times, 2/24). Slightly more than half the 1,116 patients studied had acute COVID-19, the predominantly lung-related illness that afflicts most adults who get sick from the virus. The rest had the inflammatory syndrome that has erupted in some children weeks after they have had a typically mild initial infection. Researchers found that young people with the syndrome, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C, were more likely to be between 6 and 12 years old, while more than 80 percent of the patients with acute COVID-19 were either younger than 6 or older than 12. More than two-thirds of patients with either condition were Black or Hispanic. Read the Times article.

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