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Long-term COVID unusual in children: UK study

Children are much less likely to suffer from long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, a recent analysis has found.

The study shows that among children who tested positive for COVID-19 and showed symptoms, one in 22 (4.4 percent) had symptoms for four weeks or longer, and one in 55 One (1.8 percent) experienced symptoms for eight weeks or more.

it compares to a Previous Studies on Adults, in which one in seven (13.3 percent) adult participants reported that they had had symptoms for four weeks or longer, one in 22 (4.5 percent) reported symptoms for eight weeks or longer, and 43 in One (2.3 percent) reported prolonged symptoms. more than 12 weeks.

Peer-reviewed study, published Tuesday Lancet Child and Adolescent Health Journal, analyzed data from children aged 5-17 years who were logged into the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app by their parents or carers.

Health reports of more than 250,000 children aged 5-17 were filed between March 2020 and February 2021, with more than 75,000 having valid test results for COVID-19.

The analysis focused on 1,734 children who had a clear onset and end point of symptoms and a positive COVID-19 PCR test between September 2020 and February 2021.

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“This coincided with the reopening of schools in the autumn and the peak of the winter wave, when there was widespread availability of COVID testing,” the researchers said.

The duration of these children’s symptoms usually lasts for six days. When divided into two age groups, the average illness duration for older children (aged 12-17 years) is seven days, while it is five days for the younger group (children aged 5-11 years). it occurs.

Children typically experience eight symptoms during the course of their illness, and six symptoms during the first week, usually headache, fatigue, sore throat and loss of smell. Children who had symptoms for more than four weeks usually had two remaining symptoms after four weeks.

The study compared these data to a control group of children who reported symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19. The control group is matched 1:1 for age, sex, and week of testing.

Symptomatic children who tested negative for COVID-19 were generally ill for three days, and only 0.9 percent of them had symptoms for more than four weeks.

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However, the negative test group had a higher symptom burden, with an average of nine symptoms throughout their illness, and five for those who still had symptoms after day 28.

Emma Duncan, Professor of Clinical Endocrinology from King’s College London (KCL) and senior author of the study, said this is reassuring that the burden of symptoms in children with COVID-19 “did not increase over time, and was up to 56 days”. fixed bugs.”

Another senior author, Dr. Michael Absaud, said the data highlights that “other diseases, such as colds and flu, can also have prolonged symptoms in children and during and after a pandemic.” This is important to consider when planning for pediatric health services.”

A separate Swiss study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association also found a low prevalence of COVID in children over a long period of time.

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News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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