WHO updates guidelines on COVID-related organ inflammation in children

Children who have developed organ inflammation linked to COVID-19 infection should be given steroid treatment in hospital, the World Health Organization, (WHO), said on Tuesday. The updated recommendation from the UN health agency comes after it first described Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated With COVID-19, or MIS-C for short, last May.

Mr. Lindmeier said that although youngsters remain at a low risk of developing severe or critical COVID-19, some underlying factors make them more susceptible to developing serious organ inflammation from the coronavirus. These conditions include obesity, chronic lung disease – including asthma – cardiovascular disease and immunosuppression.

WHO issued its recommendation after analyzing data from three observational studies that pooled the experiences of 885 patients. Meanwhile, the WHO European Region remains firmly in the pandemic’s grip. Last week, reported COVID- related deaths increased to close to 4,200 a day, doubling from 2100 deaths a day at the end of September. And cumulative reported deaths from the virus passed the 1.5 million mark for the 53 countries in this Region.

Today, COVID-19 is the number one cause of death across Europe and central Asia, as reported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, who carry out modelling for the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The development comes as the UN health agency said it feared that Europe could see more than two million deaths from the coronavirus by next March.

Latest WHO data indicates that as of Monday, there have been 256, 966, 237 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,151,643 deaths, reported to the agency, and a total of 7,408,870,760 vaccine doses administered. Regionally, the Americas have recorded the highest number of infections, with more than 95 million cases, followed by Europe (83 million), South-East Asia (44 million), Eastern Mediterranean (16 million), Western Pacific (nine million) and Africa (six million).

Source: The UN

 

Author: Tuula Pohjola