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Hospitals open pediatric long-haul COVID units as children grapple with lingering virus effects

At least 5 hospitals within the U.S. have began pediatric long-haul clinics to assist youngsters with lingering COVID-19 sickness as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mount a large, nationwide research of long-haul COVID that features children.

While many children don’t expertise extreme COVID-19 sickness, the coronavirus can have an enduring and critical impression on their well being. 

At the request of CBS News, one hospital in Omaha documented how it’s attempting to assist a woman who’s struggling with the lingering effects of the virus. 

Twelve-year-old Piper Sibert has been battling excessive fatigue for the final two months. She has been going to the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha to build again her endurance. 

These days when she will get to run, it is in rehab, to the encouragement of medical employees cheering her on. 

“It is scary because you don’t know if you will do something that could make you stop breathing,” Piper advised CBS News’ David Begnaud. “It’s just kind of a squeezing. It almost feels like someone’s sitting on your chest.”

Piper’s mother Sarah stated her husband examined constructive for the virus in November, however nobody else within the household obtained sick. Then at some point in February, Piper was despatched residence from faculty. 

“Just went from a really active kid to very lethargic, wore out,” Sarah Sibert stated. “We took an antibody test and that proved that Piper had indeed had COVID at some point but we don’t know exactly when that was.”

Dr. Jean Ballweg, who runs the Clinic for Pediatric Long Haulers, stated these younger sufferers should not exhibiting the indicators she anticipated. The clinic treats about 10 sufferers like Piper every Friday. 

“I think most of us would have expected that really symptomatic kids with acute COVID were the ones that were going to have symptoms for months, and that is just not what we’re seeing,” she stated.

And sufferers like Piper have a protracted street to recovery.

“I’m frustrated that there’s not a cure for it and something that can make it go away,” Piper stated. “I don’t get to do the things that I really like and enjoy to do.”

Long-haul COVID can also be totally different from one other pediatric situation related with the virus, Multisystem inflammatory syndrome of children. The latter sickness is related with excessive fever, rash and abdomen ache.

Nearly one in 5 COVID-19 circumstances throughout the final week of March had been in youngsters underneath 18.

Health consultants say the coronavirus variant that was first found in England is driving a spike in coronavirus circumstances in a number of states.

The director of the National Institutes of Health stated it’s possible 70% extra infectious and considerably extra lethal, even for younger folks. 

However, Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish Jha provided some optimism in an look on “CBS This Morning” Monday.

“These vaccines are really remarkable,” Jha stated. “They seem to hold up very well against all the variants, against the U.K. variant that’s spreading widely, it’s terrific. Even against some of the more tricky variants, it seems to be largely holding up.”

Dr. Ashish Jha on COVID-19 surges


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