Salon: 1-year-old Noah Symons feels like “someone started a fire and then threw my hands into it.” He has felt this way for three months, he says, and his feet feel like they are on fire too. Symons been trying to go to school and stay active, but any extra effort results in fatigue and painful flare-ups.
Meanwhile, over the past five months, 16-year-old Lane Perkins has experienced debilitating headaches, severe fatigue, and difficulty concentrating and retaining information. She lost her spot on the traveling softball team and dropped a chemistry class.
For the past 22 months, 14-year-old Anastasia Athienites has had “Covid toes” — a painful blistering rash on her feet. Not long after the rash appeared, she began having heart palpitations, migraines, and cognitive issues.
In the past 23 months, 16-year-old Kitty Mcfarland has battled intense fatigue, an increased heart rate, tightness in her chest, the ability to be in an upright position, severe abdominal pain, headaches, and major cognitive and memory struggles. She couldn’t talk properly and could barely get out of bed for the first 8 months of her ordeal, and had to crawl from her bedroom to the bathroom.
The four kids from Colorado, Tennessee, Massachusetts and the United Kingdom have a few things in common: namely, they all contracted a mild case of COVID-19 weeks before the onset of their symptoms, and have all now accepted a diagnosis of “long COVID.” Their situations are a testament to COVID-19’s indiscriminate nature — and a rebuke to the myth that COVID-19 is always mild in children.
“We are definitely seeing long COVID in children,” said Dr. Amanda Morrow, Co-Director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Pediatric Post-COVID-19 Clinic in Maryland. “It does exist. And it is impacting day-to-day lives significantly.” Read more…