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RCPCH responds to study on long-lasting Covid symptoms in children

20 September 2021

Children who develop symptoms of Covid-19 typically get better after six days, a large UK study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health has found, with just 4.4% (77 out of 1734) having symptoms after four weeks.

Dr Liz Whittaker, infectious disease lead at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, called the study ‘reassuring for the majority of children and young people’ who get Covid, saying that it ‘reflects what paediatricians are seeing in clinical practice’. She added: ‘It is important that the small group of children who experience persistent symptoms can access the pathways for assessment that have been established across England in a timely fashion.’

She also called for urgent ‘further research into the mechanism, diagnostics and outcomes’.

The study was based on data reported by parents and carers through a smartphone app that was launched jointly by Zoe Limited and King’s College London. The authors say the study offers the first detailed description of Covid-19 in symptomatic children aged 5 to 17.

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