Doctors have been issued an urgent alert about a sharp rise in the number of children being admitted to intensive care with a coronavirus-related condition.
In an alert sent to GPs, health chiefs at an NHS board in London said: ‘There is growing concern that a [COVID-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK.
The children being seen with the new syndrome often suffer from stomach pain, and ‘gastrointestinal symptoms’ – which could include diarrhea.
Doctors have compared the mysterious condition to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease which, combined, cause harmful internal swelling, fever, and breathing problems – all hallmark signs of COVID-19.
But some of the children presenting with the illness have tested negative for the coronavirus, further complicating the diagnosis.
It is not clear how many children have had the inflammatory syndrome, nor whether any have died. It is also unclear as to how old are who are being struck down.