New important paper in @NEJM
At least 186 kids in US hospitals with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) over a 2 month period.
Most had documented infection with SARS-CoV2
Some really important key findings included....
1. Most of these kids were previously healthy
2. median age was 8.3 years old
3. 80% of kids had cardiovascular complications
4. 80% of kids were in ICU
5. 20% of kids required mechanical ventilation
And finally, heartbreakingly, 2% of kids died
Most of the kids received steroids, immunoglobulins
And obviously, thankfully, most recovered although long-term effects are not known.
Conclusion (from authors):
"MIS-C associated with SARS-CoV2 led to serious and life-threatening illness in previously healthy children"
We don't understand the long-term issues with the virus.
It clearly is not totally benign in any population
Let's be less cavalier about letting young people get infected
We need to continue to reduce infections and protect people until we have a vaccine.
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