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April 13, 2023
A new study suggests the majority of children quickly recover from COVID-19, although a small percentage experience lingering symptoms.
Researchers studied 1,700 British children and found that four percent of children had symptoms that last four weeks or longer, while nearly 2 percent have symptoms that last for eight weeks or longer. Common symptoms include fatigue, headaches, and anosmia, however, compared to adults, long-term symptoms are rarer in children.
In conclusion, the researchers wrote, “Reassuringly, symptom burden in these children did not increase with time, and most recovered by day 56. Some children who tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 also had persistent and burdensome illness. A holistic approach for all children with persistent illness during the pandemic is appropriate.”
The study was published in the Lancet, the largest international, peer-reviewed medical journal. Previous reports suggest the impact of COVID-19 induced lockdowns may pose a greater threat to children than the virus itself. Furthermore, after contracting the virus, children have a 99.995 percent rate of survival, suggesting universal masking and vaccination is not a requirement for young, healthy children.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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