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Researchers have studied two diseases in children, COVID-19 and MIS-C, and have come to better understand these two diseases and how they work. As mothers, we never want our children to get sick, and we work to make their health our priority. That's why moms rely on experts in the field to work on learning and understanding the conditions and diseases that may be vulnerable for our children. When it comes to a pandemic, moms worry about the impact the virus could have on their children, both now and in the long term.
As experts work to understand the virus and its impact on children, they are also studying MIS-C and the possible connection between the two. According to PR Newswire, the study of MIS-C versus severe COVID-19 could have a big impact on the care of children.
The study was conducted by Boston Children's Hospital and was originally published online in JAMA, and can be viewed in full here. It became a topic of interest in May 2020, when MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children) was found to be a complication in children after exposure to COVID-19.
This study is the second report conducted by the hospital in 66 pediatric centers in 31 states. The main difference was that the second study identified 539 children versus 186, a significantly larger sample size.
Adrienne Randolph was one of the authors of the study, and she stated that this is the largest study ever conducted to describe the differences between the two diseases in children, and that she found a lot of overlap between the two diseases.
However, she pointed out differences that could affect treatment. One of the main findings of the study was that children aged 6 to 12 years were more at risk for MISS-C than COVID-19. This is surprising, as this age group is not usually at high risk for infections in general.
-They also found that black children had a higher risk of MISS-C infection than COVID-19, even though black children had a higher risk of COVID-19 infection overall.
-Another interesting difference was that 62% of children who ended up with a severe case of COVID-19 had an underlying medical condition.
-69% of children who underwent MISS-C had no underlying medical condition.
This may change the approach to treatment, as it appears that MISS-C could potentially be more dangerous to children than the virus, as it affects children with no underlying medical condition.
The positive outcome of this study is that, having clarified definitions, it is easier for physicians to properly diagnose and treat their patients.