As of the 15th local time, Stockholm, Sweden, has diagnosed 214 children with long-term symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
At present, there are no relevant figures for the rest of the country.
According to Swedish TV on the 15th, Stockholm Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital recently found a surge in the number of children who have sought medical treatment due to long-term symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
The average age of these children with long-term symptoms of COVID-19 is between 11 and 13 years, said Marin Rudd Lind, the hospital’s chief physician specializing in chronic diseases in children.
Fatigue, sore throat, headache and nausea, and recurrent infections are the most common symptoms in these cases.
Some children also have attention problems and memory defects.
“Some kids can go on to school, and some are completely bedridden.” While children may have milder symptoms of COVID-19 for the long term than adults, “we have to invest resources in these children,” Lind said.
At present, the hospital has organized psychologists, physical therapists, cardiologists, pulmonary doctors and neurologists to consult these children.
New UK study shows that long-term symptoms of the coronavirus may be more common than people think.
In December, the Office for National Statistics said last year that one in five people infected with the novel coronavirus continued symptoms for five weeks or more; one in ten infected people continued for 12 weeks or more.
A study released last October showed that about 2.5% of people infected with COVID-19 in Sweden showed symptoms for two months or more.
The Swedish government decided last week to invest SEK 50 million (about $6 million) to fund research on the long-term symptoms of the novel coronavirus, including how to treat sick children.