The study found that the symptoms of long-term Covid in children and adolescents are less common compared to adults, and the delta variable did not increase the severity of the disease for this group, according to the newspaper “The Guardian”.
The review, published in the Pediatric Infections Journal, analyzed 14 international studies including 19,426 children and adolescents who reported long-term symptoms after contracting COVID-19.
For his part, co-author of the study, Professor Nigal Curtis, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, stressed that more research is needed to determine the exact risk of long-term Covid symptoms in this group, which helps to make decisions about vaccination for people under the age of 12. years.
As Curts added, “When balancing the risks and benefits of vaccines, you always want to make sure that the harms of the disease are greater than the potential harms of the vaccine.”
In addition, he explained, “Intensive care admissions are still very rare in children. The majority of those admitted to hospital go home, and are often admitted as a precautionary measure.”
The 5 most common symptoms
It is noteworthy that in the previous studies reviewed, the five most common symptoms of corona that were reported in children and adolescents were headache, fatigue, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating and abdominal pain. However, these symptoms did not last for more than 12 weeks.
According to a separate research brief issued by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute on coronavirus infection in children, the delta variant did not cause more serious disease in this class of previous strains, although its transmissibility led to higher rates of infection.
However, the research found that children and teens with pre-existing health conditions, including obesity, chronic kidney disease and immune disorders, were 25 times more likely to develop severe symptoms of COVID-19.