Parents have received a grim warning regarding the potential long-term effects of Covid-19 on children, as new research indicates a concerning link to blood vessel damage and other frightening conditions.
Scientists in the United States conducted a study focusing on pediatric patients who had contracted the virus between April and July 2020. The findings, published in Blood Advances, revealed that a significant number of these children exhibited elevated levels of a biomarker associated with vascular trauma, indicating potential blood vessel injury.
Dr. David Teachey, from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, emphasized that while most children with Covid-19 don’t experience severe symptoms, this study underscores the need to investigate other potential impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Among the 50 pediatric patients analyzed, 21 displayed minimal to no symptoms, while 11 experienced severe symptoms, and 18 faced alarming complications. Intriguingly, all of them exhibited elevated biomarkers indicative of blood vessel damage. Blood vessels play a crucial role in transporting vital nutrients, including oxygen, throughout the body, as well as removing waste products.
If these vessels sustain damage, it can lead to blood clots, diminished blood flow, and the development of “leaky” vessels. In the brain, vessel damage may result in inflammation, while in the limbs, it can restrict blood flow, potentially leading to conditions like “Covid toe.”
Although this rare side effect can affect individuals of any age, children and teenagers appear to be more susceptible. The study also revealed that a staggering 86 percent of the children met the medical criteria for a condition known as thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), characterized by the formation of clots in small vessels. This condition has previously been linked to more severe Covid-19 symptoms in adults.
Dr. David reiterated the importance of ongoing testing and monitoring of children with SARS-CoV-2 to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the virus may impact them both in the short and long term. This research highlights the need for continued vigilance and investigation into the potential long-lasting effects of Covid-19 on the health of children.