Coronavirus linked to novel inflammatory syndrome affecting children

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Nearly 100 children from the United Kingdom developed severe inflammation possibly in connection to the coronavirus, according to the BBC.

Medical workers sounded the alarm in April after eight children from London fell ill, including a 14-year-old who died.

The BBC reports that most of the eight children did not have respiratory issues, but they did share high fever, red eyes, rash, general pain and swelling, citing doctors at Evelina London Children's Hospital.

Despite the absence of breathing or lung problems, seven of the original eight children were put on ventilators to ease heart and circulatory troubles.

Liz Whittaker at Imperial College London told the BBC doctors believe the mystery inflammatory disease is likely a "post-infectious phenomenon" related to antibody buildup following a COVID-19 infection.

Children make up between 1 and 2 percent of coronavirus infections.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is cited as saying the syndrome "is exceptionally rare" and that parents in the UK need not confine their children as lockdown measures are eased.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Coronavirus linked to new inflammatory syndrome among children in the UK
2. Symptoms include high fever, rash, general pain and swelling
3. Several children are put on ventilators due to heart and circulatory issues
4. Syndrome likely caused by antibody buildup following COVID-19 infection
5. Children make up a small percentage of coronavirus patients

VOICEOVER (in English):
"According to the BBC, nearly 100 children from the UK developed severe inflammation possibly in connection to the coronavirus."

"Medical workers sounded the alarm in April after eight children from London fell ill, including a 14-year-old who died."

"The BBC reports that most of the eight children did not have respiratory issues, but they did share high fever, red eyes, rash, general pain and swelling, citing doctors at Evelina London Children's Hospital."

"Despite the absence of breathing or lung problems, seven of the original eight children were put on ventilators to ease heart and circulatory troubles."

"Liz Whittaker at Imperial College London told the BBC doctors believe the mystery inflammatory disease is likely a 'post-infectious phenomenon' related to antibody buildup following a COVID-19 infection."

"Children make up between 1 and 2 percent of coronavirus infections."

"The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is cited as saying the syndrome 'is exceptionally rare' and that parents in the UK need not confine their children as lockdown measures are eased."

SOURCES: BBC, Pediatric Intensive Care Society United Kingdoms (Twitter), the Lancet
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52648557
https://twitter.com/PICSociety/status/1254508725227982848
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31103-X/fulltext