COVID-19 Important Update

Relating to children presenting with unusual symptoms

Please take the time to read the following information shared by National Lead Pandemic Influenza NHS England and NHS Improvement DR Chloe Sellwood PhD MFPH FRSPH

It relates to children presenting with unusual symptoms and we thought it was extremely important to bring this information to your attention especially if you are working with children.

Please read the communication sent from Dr. Chloe Sellwood, NHS England NHS Improvement:

“In the last three weeks, there has been apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multisystem inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK.

The cases have in common overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki Disease with blood parameters consistent with severe COVID-19 in children. Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms have been a common feature as has cardiac inflammation.

This has been observed in children with confirmed PCR positive SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as children who are PCR negative. Serological evidence of possible preceding SARS-CoV-2 infection has also been observed.

There is a growing concern that a SARS-CoV-2 related inflammatory syndrome emerging in children in the UK or that there may be another as yet unidentified infectious pathogen associated with these cases.”

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