First modification: 08/05/2021 – 20:05
Experts explain that the biggest problem for these children is that, in many cases, they were not diagnosed with Covid-19 because their symptoms were mild and short during the disease, which could cause the coronavirus to be mistaken for a common cold.
It is increasingly common for minors to present symptoms of long Covid, that is, symptoms associated with the virus after overcoming it.
Professor Caroline Relton, an epidemiologist at the University of Bristol, conducts an investigation with more than 2,000 minors in that British city and assures that “in a large part of the world, there are still no protocols to treat it in adults and not in children, that, on some occasions, they also experience headaches, fatigue and even shortness of breath. “
At the same time, experts explain that the biggest problem for children is that, in many cases, they were not diagnosed with Covid-19 because their symptoms were mild and short during the disease, which could cause the coronavirus to be mistaken for a cold. common.
“Many of those minors who experience symptoms of Long Covid did not have access to a test at the time, when they were infected, so it would be unwise to define the prevalence of Long Covid without a diagnosis and without evidence that they had the virus, in first place, ”Relton adds.
The research carried out by Relton seeks to determine clearer characteristics of long-term Covid in minors and that they can access more accurate treatments as soon as possible, since it has been proven that these conditions have not only a physical but also an emotional impact on children. For now, the solution provided by the experts is to control the symptoms with specific treatments for them.
“I think you have to treat the symptoms as you would whatever the source was. There will be a time when the cause of symptoms tends to be assigned to Covid-19, but regardless of whether they are caused by the virus, I think that for now it is necessary to treat symptoms such as joint pain, headache, or stomach pain, or fever as if it came from another cause, ”Relton explains.