Mar 19, 2021 - Health

Long-haul COVID-19 can happen in kids, too

Illustration of a school bus with a covid bug on its stop sign.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Like adults, children can suffer from long-haul symptoms after having the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Cases are rare but growing, doctors told the Post.

  • Of the more than 3 million U.S. children who have tested positive for the virus, few have been hospitalized and even fewer have died.
  • "But some children — whether they had mild or severe cases, or no symptoms at all — are developing problems that last for weeks or months after their initial infection," the Post reports.
  • Symptoms include fatigue, headache and heart palpitations.

Between the lines: Early on in the pandemic, when many children were staying home, long COVID seemed to be a condition reserved for adults. But as schools and sports reopened, more children became infected, and it became clear that children are also vulnerable.

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