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More children may suffer from post-Covid inflammatory response

More children may suffer from post-Covid inflammatory response

A veteran pediatrician expects more children to be infected with post-Covid inflammatory syndrome, as he calls upon parents to vaccinate their children as soon as possible.
According to Hospital Authority report, there are 15 aged 3 to 11 Covid-19 recovered child suffer from multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS).

Speaking on a radio program, Patrick Ip Pak-keung, president of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society, said most of the children who suffered from MIS have not had all of the Covid-19 doses and some had to be admitted to intensive care unit or given cardiac agents.

Ip said the inflammation mostly occurred three to four weeks after the children were infected with Covid-19, and the number of such cases is expected to increase and put children at the risk of death.

"The Omicron virus is highly contagious, and there is a very high chance of cross-contamination when students are in the same classroom after classes resumes," said Ip. He urged parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.

MIS shows Kawasaki disease-like symptoms: fever, rash, red eyes, mouth inflammation and swollen neck.

When speaking about the resumption of full-day in-person classes, Ip said the vaccination rate for teachers and students in some secondary schools has exceeded 90 percent, so it is reasonable for secondary schools to start resuming full day face-to-face classes first.

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