State Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that three children had been killed by the illness after battling symptoms similar to those caused by Kawasaki disease.
He said the victims were a five year-old boy, a seven year-old boy and 18 year-old girl. Governor Cuomo said: ‘We have about 100 cases of an inflammatory disease in young children that seems to be created by the Covid virus. this is something that’s just starting…the symptoms of the children are analyzed to the Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome.
‘It’s an inflammation of the blood vessels and can affect the heart..if we have this issue in New York we probably have it in other states.
These children don’t present the usual Covid symptoms, they’re not respiratory symptoms.’ The governor did not share any further details about the three children killed by the condition.
It’s too early to tell how big a concern the disease might become, but the illness came up during a Senate hearing Tuesday when Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House coronavirus task force warned against rushing to reopen schools in the fall. He referenced “children presenting with COVID-19 who actually have a very strange inflammatory syndrome, very similar to Kawasaki syndrome.
“I think we better be careful if we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects (of the virus).’’ Fauci said
Kawasaki disease is usually very treatable, and can be managed with medications as common as aspirin. The illness is rare, with just 20,000 cases recorded annually in the US.
Of the 100 children diagnosed, 52 live in New York City, with 10 further suspected cases awaiting results.
Of those 62 possible or confirmed cases in the United States’ most populous city, 25 youngsters have tested positive for Covid-19.
A further 22 had antibodies for Covid-19, indicting that they’ve previously had coronavirus and cleared it from their bodies. One of the three fatalities was a child from New York City.