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:
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