Long term Covid symptoms very rare in children, study confirms

WION Web Team
London, United Kingdom Published: Aug 04, 2021, 09:49 PM(IST)

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The most common Covid symptoms faced by children of this age group are headaches, loss of smell, sore throat, and immense fatigue

Very few Covid positive children who are symptomatic retain those symptoms after four weeks, according to a new study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

As per an analysis of the data collected between September 2020 and February 2021 of 1,734 children aged between five to 17 years, long-term symptoms of coronavirus are very rare in children of this age.

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On average, symptoms lasted in children for five days in children between the age of five and 11, and seven days in children aged between 12 to 17 years. However, nearly 4.4 per cent of children experienced symptoms for almost four weeks and only one in 50 experienced those symptoms for more than two months.

The most common symptoms faced by children of this age group are headaches, loss of smell, sore throat, and immense fatigue. This came as good news for the children of the age group as adults experienced similar, and even worse, symptoms for nearly four weeks. One in 20 adults also reported being ill for eight weeks or longer.

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However, children who had tested positive for coronavirus also stayed ill for longer than four weeks when they faced other illnesses. These children who were battling other illnesses also faced some more symptoms after four weeks.

The data collected may not change as per the new Delta variant, experts claimed.

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