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DOH warns of new COVID-related threat among children

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Governor Cuomo has directed the NYSDOH to notify each of the other 49 state health department about a serious COVID-related illness being found in predominantly school-aged children.

At least 85 cases so far have been reported in New York children of what’s been termed ‘Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19.’

“We are learning new things about the COVID-19 virus every day, and one of the most frightening new developments has been cases of COVID-related illness in children that has already taken the lives of three young New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “The State Department of Health is alerting all 49 states across the country about this evolving situation as New York continues to investigate the illness and get the facts quickly so we can help prevent any more children from getting sick.”

Symptoms are similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease or a toxic shock-like syndrome, including:

  • Prolonged fever (more than five days)
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Change in skin color – becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Decreased amount of frequency in urine
  • Lethargy, irritability or confusion

Anyone 21 or below who experiences these symptoms should seek immediate care.

The syndrome has already taken the lives of three young New Yorkers, with an additional two deaths currently under investigation.

Cuomo says the state is now helping develop national criteria for identifying and responding to the newest threat.

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