As the grim year that was 2020 came to a close, a syndrome linked to COVID-19 has been found in numerous Colorado children.

The syndrome, known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C, had nine confirmed cases in the Centennial State this past December with 16 others in review, which if confirmed would make the total amount of cases twice as many as we saw when COVID-19 originally hit in the spring of 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between May and November of last year, the CDC reported 20 confirmed cases of the syndrome in Colorado, with, unfortunately, two children passing away due to the COVID-related illness.

Colorado's state health department is not only urging parents to test their children for COVID-19, but MIS-C as well if there is any chance that they had been exposed to either of the viruses.

According to The Loveland Reporter-Herald, these are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Blue lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Excessive tiredness

Dr. Eric France, who serves as the chief medical officer for Colorado's state health department had this to say about the syndrome:

There’s still a lot we don’t know about MIS-C and the notable increase in cases is a clear reminder that our children are also at risk of serious complications from COVID-19. As in-person learning resumes, it’s important that students continue to take measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19, such as masking, practicing physical distancing, hand washing, and staying home when they are ill.

[Loveland Reporter Herald]

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