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Children Who Have Light Coughs May Have Prolonged Covid Symptoms

Aug, 2022

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One study looked at the prevalence of extended COVID in kids who hadn't been hospitalised for COVID-19. The sole remedy is a novel immunisation.

Children who had COVID-19 infections prior to the introduction of the Delta variant had a higher risk of having protracted COVID, according to recent research. One was more susceptible to experiencing more severe symptoms if they have COVID-19 earlier in the pandemic. Many kids with Delta and Omicron were taken to the hospital, although their symptoms were milder, and findings indicate they were also less likely to have lasting symptoms.

In between ages of 5 and 18, volunteers' data from all around the state of Texas was analysed by researchers. Data were gathered for this investigation both before and after vcaccine. The study discovered that children who had COVID-19 infection and weren't hospitalised continued to exhibit severe COVID symptoms up to three months after infection.  Determining if COVID-19 infections in children will result in long-lasting symptoms, or what is known as protracted COVID, is important, according to Sarah Messiah, Ph.D. from UTHealth School of Public Health-Dallas.

1.5% of the research cases displayed symptoms, such as cough, weariness, and taste- and smell-loss, that persisted for four to twelve weeks. 3.3% more people reported symptoms such coughing, trouble breathing, and loss of taste and smell that persisted for more than a month. It draws attention to the fact that young people who are not hospitalised may also have COVID symptoms that last for a very long time after infection.

There can be a misconception that having extended COVID necessitates hospitalisation, which was not the case with the findings. Though COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of infection and long-term COVID, parents are still advised to exercise caution and get their children the shot.

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