Rise of Kawasaki disease cases in children might be linked to COVID-19 – doctors

Rise of Kawasaki disease cases in children might be linked to COVID-19 – doctors

- Doctors in Europe and the United States have reported an increase in cases of Kawasaki disease in children

- Scientific experts said that there is a possibility that this phenomenon might be linked to the COVID-19 pandemic

- However, further studies need to be made to confirm the link between the coronavirus and Kawasaki disease

- The symptoms of Kawasaki disease include high fever, rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry cracked lips, red fingers or toes, and red eyes

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An increase in cases of Kawasaki disease in children has been reported by doctors in Europe and the United States.

According to ABS-CBN News and Kyodo News, doctors and scientific experts said that there is a possibility that this phenomenon might be linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, further studies need to be made to confirm the link between the coronavirus and Kawasaki disease.

"It's a new disease that we think may be caused by coronavirus and the COVID-19 virus. We're not 100 percent sure because some of the people who got it hadn't tested positive, so we're doing a lot of research now, but it is something that we're worried about," Health Secretary Matt Hancock told LBC Radio, according to a report by Reuters.

In a report by CNN (authored by Amy Woodyatt), the symptoms of Kawasaki disease – a non-contagious disease – include high fever, rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry cracked lips, red fingers or toes, and red eyes.

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Fortunately, there have been positive updates on the world’s battle against the virus.

Anthony Sales, the director of Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Davao, gave some optimistic updates on the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a cure against COVID-19.

According to a report by the Manila Bulletin (authored by Anthony Colina), Sales announced in a virtual press conference that the VCO might prove useful against COVID-19 since previous studies have shown it could kill different types of viruses by destroying their cellular coating.

“The VCO, based on previous studies, has been shown to degrade or denature the cellular coating of the virus or the viral envelope. Once destroyed, the virus will die as its components will be exposed,” Sales said.

Aside from the DOST’s update on VCO, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the US National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also revealed the results of an experimental drug for COVID-19 that they studied.

In a report by NBC News (authored by Erika Edwards), Fauci said at the White House on Wednesday that the said study involved 1,000 patients from different locations across the globe.

The patients involved in the trials either received a drug called remdesivir or a placebo.

Fauci said that the patients who received remdesivir were discharged from the hospital within 11 days compared to the 15 days of the patients who received a placebo.

Based on a report by The Guardian (authored by Sarah Bosely), Fauci also shared that 8 percent of the patients who received the drug died of COVID-19 compared to the 11 percent of the placebo group.

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