“Miracle Child” Ava Brugger fell ill with COVID-19 and it has been almost a year since her diagnosis. Covid hit Ava hard; she couldn’t breathe, and had many other illnesses including infectious diseases like mononucleosis. Her condition was so serious she was sent to the ER. Ava had splitting headaches, and sometimes reported that she felt as if she just had a concussion. When her condition didn’t get any better, they took Ava into Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. to the interdisciplinary clinic for children and adolescents with long Covid-19.
However, not much was known about covid-19 in young people, and still, not much is known. There were many guidelines and studies done on adults, but not much study has been done on children. CNN quotes “‘If you ask me a question about chickenpox, there’s a lot of detail about chickenpox. It’s been studied for 70 years, but Covid’s only been around a year,’ said Dr. Ben Katz, who has treated kids with long Covid as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.”
With the mysteries laid out on the table and not many to solve them, the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. announced with the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases that they will start a big study on Covid and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which would eventually cost around $40 million. According to CNN, “Up to 2,000 young people will be enrolled in the multi-year study announced Tuesday. At least half will have recovered from asymptomatic or symptomatic Covid-19 or MIS-C, a rare complication that can sometimes follow an infection”. Previous studies show that more than 4 million children and adolescents have been tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, and around 2%-10% have experienced long Covid. However, it is believed that many with long Covid aren’t even at hospitals.
CNN writes, “‘I’m guessing it’s just the tip of the iceberg,’ said Dr. Alexandra Yonts, an infectious diseases specialist and director of the long Covid clinic that started up in May at Children’s National Hospital”. This research has yet to discover much more about covid in children and teens.