Not All Children Who Get COVID-19 Immediately Recover

Not All Children Who Get COVID-19 Immediately Recover

The coronavirus might affect children differently than it does adults but doctors said they're seeing a trend among kids who recover. They're dealing with incredible fatigue that can last months after a child has gotten better. 13-year-old Savannah Pressley of Euless got sick with COVID-19 in March after a trip to Europe. Her mother Nola said the entire family came down with the illness, which lasted about three weeks. Everyone recovered, but Nola said Savannah is still extremely fatigued and needed to rest after small activities like a walk in the neighborhood. "It's three months after the COVID is gone and it's still affecting her life," said Nola Pressley. They said doctors believe she's dealing with post-viral fatigue, a common condition that can happen after viral infections. Cook Children's Infectious Disease Doctor Nicolas Rister did not treat Savannah but said experts wondered whether they'd see an increase in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome or post-viral fatigue. "Certainly now that COVID around our area, around the nation, around the world, has been happening, we were wondering if we would see more cases of this," said Rister. Rister said post-viral fatigue can feel like brain fog and can also cause headaches or nausea. It can last weeks or months and can take a big toll on children. "A lot of times, these kids that are affected are very active in school, in clubs, in sports. They're used to training, using their bodies and minds as well, so when they ...
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