Less than 5% of COVID-19 positive Children require ICU care:
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Covid-19 in children is mostly asymptomatic or mild. Less than five per cent of the children who test positive for the novel coronavirus require ICU care.

Paediatricians from AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh and other top medical institutions in the country confirmed this on 19 August while sharing their experiences on treating children suffering from Covid-19 over the past few months.

The doctors, however, said multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) – in which multiple organs are affected due to the infection – is an emerging illness in children suffering from Covid-19.

Dr Jhuma Sankar, associate professor, department of paediatrics, said MIS-C has been confirmed in a few cases involving children at AIIMS.

This includes a six-year-old boy who was rushed to the emergency with a history of fever, malaise, poor appetite, skin rash and shortness of breath. The boy’s heart function was also affected. Tests confirmed he had Covid-19.

“MIS-C is emerging. We are still searching for its causal association with Covid-19,” Dr SK Kabra, professor of paediatrics at AIIMS, said.

Dr Ashok Deorari, professor and head of paediatrics at the institute, said that 95% of the children recover at home or wards itself. “Only about five % require ICU care and supportive treatment,” he added.

The doctors said children are able to recover faster and with less severe symptoms possibly because they have a strong innate immune response. Also, their respiratory membrane has an excellent regeneration capacity, they added. “Absence of known risk factors, such as diabetes and hypertension, in children, also plays a role,” the experts said.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/less-than-5-of-covid-ve-kids-need-icu-care/77645565
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