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The study, based on data reported through a smartphone app by parents and carers, provides the first detailed description of Covid-19 illness in symptomatic school-aged children.
“It is reassuring that the number of children experiencing long-lasting symptoms of Covid-19 symptoms is low. Nevertheless, a small number of children do experience long illness with Covid-19, and our study validates the experiences of these children and their families,” said Professor Emma Duncan, lead author of the study, from King’s College London, UK.
The researchers noted that some adults experience a prolonged illness after Covid-19, described as long-Covid, where symptoms persist for four weeks or longer, but it is not known whether children can develop a similar condition or how common this is.
Many children infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus do not develop symptoms, but those who do tend to have a mild illness, they said. The latest research used data collected through the ZOE Covid Study smartphone app, which includes data from more than 250,000