The Indian Academy of Paediatrics has given details to the central government on how effectively children can be saved from the virus if the third wave hits. The doctors have warned that more than COVID-19 infection itself, the after-effects might pose a serious threat to life.
It can be compared to that of mucormycosis, the life-threatening black fungus infection among the COVID-19 patients and those who recovered from it.
A serum survey is being conducted in Karnataka by some doctors where children visiting the hospital for ailments are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies. As per the results, 30 per cent of the children have been infected and healed. As most of the infected adults stay at home, children get exposed to the virus easily. The good news is that most of the kids have overcome the infection unknowingly.
As per experts, COVID-19 itself might not seriously affect children in the third wave but other severe complications like Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MSIC) due to COVID can turn into bigger problems. MSIC is a new complication, which is occuring now as a by-product of COVID-19. Usually, kids suffer from this after five-six weeks of recovery.
The immunity levels do not develop in kids as quickly as it does in adults. The condition can affect the heart in 90 per cent of the cases, which can pose a threat at a very alarming rate.
Younger children do not have enough receptors in the lungs, thus severe damage from COVID-19 is expected to be far less.
The biggest problem with MISC is the speed at which the condition deteriorates. Some initial symptoms are fever and rashes all over the body. These rashes are not itchy and an indication that it’s not due to any allergy.
In some cases, fever and rashes are accompanied by dropping pulse and blood pressure. In such cases, the child should be immediately rushed to the hospital. The child should be monitored closely and might also need ICU care in such cases. Everything happens so fast that the condition might get critical in 24-48 hours.
Early diagnosis is the key and people should be made aware of the symptoms so that hospitalisation can be avoided.