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What you should know about the children's syndrome linked to COVID-19

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8-year-old Jayden Hardowar was released from Cohen Children's Hospital, after suffering from an inflammatory syndrome apparently linked to COVID-19. Credit: Cohen Childrens Medical Center

State health officials are increasingly concerned about a mysterious set of symptoms that seem to be linked to COVID-19 that has stricken children, a group thought to be the least likely to develop life-threatening symptoms from the novel coronavirus. As of Tuesday, about 100 young New Yorkers have been admitted to hospitals with inflammatory symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. While some have recovered and been released, at least three youngsters have died and two more deaths are being investigated, state officials said.

What are the symptoms of the newly discovered coronavirus-related illness affecting children?

Young children who have what physicians are calling “pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19" are presenting a host of symptoms including persistent high fever, rash, belly pain, vomiting and diarrhea, said Dr. James Schneider, chief of pediatric critical care medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

Is it related to other illnesses?

Do doctors know why this is happening?

What do we know about it so far?

Is the disease potentially fatal?

How do they know it's related to coronavirus?

What should I do if my child is showing symptoms?

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