July 2, 2022

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Coronavirus UK news – Long covid in KIDS a ’cause for concern’ as cases rise and schools return without child vaccines

LONG covid in children is a “cause for concern”, experts have warned.

The mysterious illness leaves sufferers with long-term symptoms of coronavirus, ranging from extreme fatigue to constant headaches.

Although most cases until now have been seen in adults, new data from the Office for National Statistics revealed 13% of under 11s and 15% of 12 to 16-year-olds reported symptoms five weeks after catching covid.

Professor Christina Pagel, SAGE government adviser and director of clinical operational research at University College London, told the Guardian that although the data is still uncertain it simply shouldn’t be ignored.

She specifically pointed out the fact vaccines for children are unlikely to be licensed until the end of this year at the very earliest which, combined with schools returning next week, increases the chances of new long covid cases.

Last week mum Nichola Careless, from Ashington, revealed how long covid left her once sporty son Immanuel, 12, in a wheelchair while her daughter Eleni, 11, still has shortness of breath, stomach and joint pain and dizziness.

Eleni caught covid in September, although Immanuel’s test result was negative – although both children had fortnight-long coughs before becoming seriously ill, Nichola told the BBC.

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