There has recently been a new disease linked to the coronavirus, this new disease is similar to the Kawaksaki disease. The Kawasaki disease originated in Japan in the 1960s; it causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body, and affects children ages five and younger. The new disease is believed to have come from the coronavirus, and doctors are calling it a “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome,” said Madeline Holcombe, a writer for CNN News. Most cases of this disease have been in New York, but there have been cases elsewhere.
Some symptoms are a high fever, rashes, a strawberry like tongue, swollen neck glands, cracked lips, swelling in the hands and feet, and redness in the eyes. The fever can last up to five days at 102 degrees. If not treated this Kawasaki-like disease can affect the heart, it can “lead to serious complications such as inflammation of the blood vessels,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
There have been 85 cases of the Kawasaki-like disease in New York; in most cases the children tested positive for Coronavirus. This disease is not contagious but can be passed from person to person. Although there is not a lot of information about this new disease, it is still very important to take the proper precautions. Officials are working together to get more information about the disease, but until then continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing.
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