Can children get COVID?
In the early part of the pandemic, it was believed that COVID-19 and its moderate and severe forms were mainly a risk for adults, particularly adults with comorbidities like heart disease, diabetes or diseases of the immune system.
The upcoming 59th episode of the University of the Philippines (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series, an episode co-sponsored by the Philippine Pediatric Society and its regional chapters, will take a closer look at Philippine data on COVID19 and children, its risks, symptoms and management. The webinar is slated for Friday, 2 July 2021, at 12:00 noon.
Data suggests that fewer children get infected compared to adults, and that children exhibit primarily mild symptoms or are even asymptomatic. However, reports from other parts of the world point to how some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die.
Researchers from India have recently reported a rare but serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). According to the report, this condition usually develops four to six weeks after children and teenagers have recovered from COVID-19. Babies under a year old and children with certain underlying conditions may be more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19.
This Friday’s webinar will present data from studies done at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) to be presented by Dr. Maria Liza Antoinette M. Gonzales. A teen from the United States, Millie Velasquez Walker, who has had COVID and still has lingering symptoms, will join the panel. Another teenager, Patrick De Guzman from the Philippines, will offer the perspective from Manila. The Department of Education, through Undersecretary Diosdado M. San Antonio, will share its perspective on the topic.
Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Joselyn Eusebio, President of the Philippine Pediatric Society, and closing remarks by Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila.