Cuomo: 2 more children die of coronavirus-related complications

05/11/2020 03:00 | 11

Cuomo: 2 more children die of coronavirus-related complications

Two more children in NY state have died of an inflammatory syndrome believed to be related to the coronavirus, raising the toll to three after the death of a 5-year-old boy announced Friday became the first such fatality in the U.S.

Cuomo didn't immediately offer further details about the third child who died.

Cuomo did not extend New York's stay-at-home restrictions to June 7 - despite a claim by a spokesman that he did, according to a top aide to the governor.

"While rare, we're seeing some cases where children affected with the COVID virus can become ill with symptoms similar to the Kawasaki disease or toxic shock-like syndrome that literally causes inflammation in their blood vessels", Cuomo said Saturday.

As of now, there is no proof that the novel coronavirus causes the syndrome.

He said three children - including a five-year old disclosed on Friday - have died from such symptoms while also testing positive for COVID-19 or related antibodies, suggesting a link that was still not fully understood.

The group said it "will monitor the latest situation".

"We thought initially that young people were not affected by COVID-19", the governor added. In New York we are working to break this cycle and actually resolve these disparities. The vulnerable population was older people - people with co-morbidities.

New York City transit officials said they're providing buses for homeless people to shelter from unseasonably frigid weather this weekend during newly instituted overnight subway closures.

"We are not so sure that is the fact anymore", he said.

Howard Zucker had issued an alert Wednesday to medical providers regarding the "potential association" between "multi-system inflammatory syndrome" - or Kawasaki disease - and COVID-19.

The symptoms of PIMS are similar to those of Kawasaki disease, a rare condition with about only 5,500 diagnosed cases a year in the United States, Szmuszkovicz said.

Now, the good news is that doctors are reporting that numerous children are responding well to treatment. Just four weeks ago, this new bride says she lost the love of her life, her husband Luke Workoff, to COVID-19 and she just can't get over how quickly it happened. Some of the children also tested positive for COVID or COVID-fighting antibodies. More than half of the reported patients required blood pressure support and five required mechanical ventilation. His and other such cases in Europe were detailed in a report published this week in The Lancet. The state is up to 332,931 cases and over 26,000 deaths, per the state's Department of Health.

"All patients had subjective or measured fever and more than half reported rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea", Daskalakis wrote in a memo to NY doctors early last week.

NY reported 226 new deaths, up by 10 from the previous day but in line with daily tolls from the rest of the week.


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