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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children associated with COVID-19

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 07:00:49-04

Health experts are saying there is a condition being linked to COVID-19 in children.

The rare inflammatory illness, multi-system inflammatory syndrome, has sickened hundreds of children across the country.

The CDC has reported 570 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children and 10 deaths nationwide since the pandemic started.

Most children developed the condition two to four weeks after a COVID-19 infection, says the CDC.

Health experts also say parents need to be aware of the warning signs which include high fever, rash, red eyes, lips and tongue, and stomach pains.

Dr. Jacqueline Szmuszkovicz, a pediatric cardiologist with Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, says that, "No one knows your child better than you do. If you feel your child looks very ill and has a high fever, I really strongly encourage you to reach out to your pediatrician."

More than 70% of these cases have occurred in children who are Black and Hispanic or Latino.