Children and longer COVID
Not all physical symptoms experienced after a COVID-19 illness indicate a prolonged COVID. When symptoms last for more than a few weeks, a thorough medical evaluation by a pediatrician with longstanding COVID knowledge is recommended. Pediatric post-covid clinics are a great way to find such doctors. However, at this time, these clinics are not widespread in the United States.
Post-Covid complications have been reported frequently by adults. However, research on long-term COVID in children is scarce, with estimates of persistent symptoms varying widely. The broad estimates likely reflect differences in how study participants were recruited, how long after they had acute COVID-19 they took part in the study, the symptoms the researchers assessed and other methodological differences.
Students who continue to experience symptoms after testing negative and are cleared to return to school should notify the school of continuing issues. Even if a child is not officially diagnosed with COVID for a long time, a gradual return to school and activities, as well as educational and environmental accommodations, can support children during recovery. .