New symptoms: A sore throat and hoarse voice became top symptoms
New symptoms found in infected children raise concerns in Hong Kong. Health experts in Hong Kong have warned of new clinical features — including hoarseness and inspiratory stridor (a sign of airway obstruction) — among children suffering from Covid-19.
According to China’s Global Times, Chuang Shuk-Kwan, director of the Communicable Diseases Division of the Center for Health Protection of the HKSAR Government’s Department of Health said that he found some infected children had developed croup, which indicates an inflammation of the larynx, windpipe, and bronchial tubes.
Mike Kwan Yat-wah, the consultant at the department of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, said that the clinical features among children during the fifth wave driven by the Omicron variant differ from those observed in the previous ones.
“Its symptoms are hoarseness and inspiratory stridor. In severe cases, it can produce acute obstruction of the respiratory tract and an absence of oxygen supply to an organ or a tissue,”Chuang Shuk-Kwan
Kwan further said:
“This condition can also be caused by various infectious agents, such as parainfluenza virus. However, in the recent COVID pandemic, this condition was nearly all caused by the Omicron variant.Chuang Shuk-Kwan
According to Kwan, there is a possibility of prolonged Covid-19 symptoms — about 19 per cent of children who have recovered from the virus present at least one of these symptoms when they follow-up at his hospital.
“The most common complaints were memory loss, cognitive deficits, insomnia, headaches, and discomfort,” he noted.Chuang Shuk-Kwan
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