The eight-country study involved 1,884 children aged 17 and under who visited an emergency room for COVID-19 and received 90-day follow-up.
Long-lasting COVID-19 was detected in nearly 10% of children who were hospitalized and in 5% of children who were discharged after being seen in the emergency room.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Calgary, University of California at Davisof the University Northwestern and Chicago Children’s Hospital. It was published Friday in the JAMA Network Open.
The study clarified that long-lasting COVID-19 was more likely in children 14 and older who had been hospitalized with more severe symptoms.
Fatigue, weakness, coughing and difficulty breathing are the most common symptoms reported by children.
Researchers were able to follow up about 80% of patients, but caution that more studies are needed to determine if these conditions are chronic.
The study also indicates that rates of long COVID are significantly higher in adults than in children.
Dr. Anna Funk, who is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, believes that this work highlights the importance of vaccination.
” Six percent is still one in twenty children. This should give pause to those who are reluctant to have their children vaccinated. »
We know that vaccines reduce the incidence of serious illness, so it sounds like a good intervention to possibly decrease post-COVID problems in childrenshe adds.
This work tends to confirm what other studies conducted recently have shown.