Italian-Led Study Reveals ‘Long COVID’ May Adversely Impact At Least Some Children & Youth

Italian-Led Study Reveals ‘Long COVID’ May Adversely Impact At Least Some Children & Youth

A study led by Italian researchers from the IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico University of Gemelli tracking 129 children and teens with COVID-19, otherwise healthy, reveals that the so-called “Long COVID” could be a challenge faced by youngsters as well. According to this recent study authored by Italian and Russian researchers, only about 42% of children and young adults studied actually had completely recovered from their SARS-CoV-2-based illness. About one-third of those subjects continued to report one to two symptoms while over 20% of them had at least three or more symptoms.

Recently published in MedRxiv, the preprint server, this yet to be peer-reviewed study shares the most common reported symptoms include the following:

Symptom% Reported
Insomnia18.6%
Respiratory14.7%
Nasal congestion12.4%
Fatigue10.8%
Muscle pain10.1%

The researchers also report that these long-term issues along with ongoing lock-downs and restrictions are impacting youth mental health.

Lead Research/Investigator (Corresponding)

Danilo Buonsenso, Department of Women and Children Health and Public Health, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy

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