The Pennsylvania Health Department is warning parents about a COVID-19 associated condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C. Currently, there are 17 reports of MIS-C in Pennsylvania. 9 of those cases are confirmed, 2 were negative and the rest are under investigation.
Some of the symptoms of MIS-C include a persistent and high fever, a rash or change in skin color, swelling, red eyes and abdominal pain. It’s not clear if the condition is specific to children or can also occur in adults, risk factors or how it’s transmitted. Parents are advised to contact the doctor if they notice these symptoms in their children.
The CDC has also issued a warning about MIS-C. Although the cause is not known, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed have recovered.
Doctors say the best thing to do is to continue following recommendations about social distancing, masks, and hygiene, to avoid contracting COVID-19.