Greater than 3000 individuals have examined constructive for COVID-19 in NSW, however simply 70 of these instances have been in youngsters. Professor Macartney mentioned 5 youngsters have been hospitalised however that was early within the pandemic when little was identified in regards to the illness.
“None went to [intensive care] and positively none have died,” she mentioned.
Professor Macartney, who can also be the director of the Nationwide Centre for Immunisation Analysis and Surveillance, mentioned paediatricians and specialists had been on the look out for COVID-19 in youngsters, they usually had additionally been alert for any uncommon signs.
“We’re doing a number of checks, and we’re fortunately not discovering the virus amongst youngsters – and we’re testing onerous,” she mentioned.
A number of of the youngsters admitted to intensive care in Britain had Kawasaki illness – a uncommon syndrome that causes signs together with infected eyes and mouth, extended fever and swollen fingers and toes.
College of Sydney Professor Robert Booy, who has educated in infectious ailments and studied Kawasaki illness in London within the early 2000s, mentioned it’s a very uncommon situation, reported in lower than 100 youngsters in NSW annually.
He mentioned mother and father in Australia shouldn’t be frightened, given the big variety of COVID-19 instances reported in Britain and the comparatively tiny variety of instances in youngsters who even have Kawasaki illness.
“I am keen to simply accept there’s a very small price of complication of COVID-19 in youngsters with Kawasaki,” he mentioned.
Professor Booy mentioned mother and father shouldn’t be frightened about sending their youngsters to highschool, as Kawasaki illness is commonest in preschool-aged youngsters, but additionally given the general an infection price of COVID-19 in youngsters was so low.
“There’s simply not a cause to fret,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless he mentioned if mother and father did have a priority in regards to the well being of their little one, they usually seen any signs of Kawasaki illness, they need to be proactive and take their little one to hospital.
Rachel Clun is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.