Paediatric Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and young adults

Dr John Campbell first alerted us to this new, serious condition in children back in early May, and I mentioned it in this post. The condition was named ‘Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome’ and parents were reassured that it was very ‘rare’. You can find Dr John’s latest video on the syndrome here.

It terms of total numbers, Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome is still rare, but the numbers are growing, and we still don’t know much about it. What we do know, however, is rather scary because it upends the initial advice that children are miraculously ‘safe’ from Covid-19.

The following video explains these concerns very well:

I’ve cherry picked some important bits from the video:

0:40 ‘This virus has deceived us every step of the way. We have been behind this virus from the very beginning. And it still surprises us.’ [Andrew Cuomo, Mayor of New York].

1:10 [Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome] ‘… shares symptoms with the rare, potentially life-threatening blood condition, Kawasaki disease which can cause toxic shock.’

1:42 ‘There are now more than 130 cases recorded in the US. Three children have died.’

2:19 Image of the rash and swollen extremities of a child with Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome:

2:34 Graphic showing the most common symptoms to look out for in your child:

4:00 ‘We now know both that they [children] can get the disease [Covid-19] without symptoms, and they can become seriously ill from the disease.’ [Dr Lawrence Kleinman, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA]

5:28 [These children have] ‘…no pre-existing conditions’.

When asked whether parents should be worried, Dr Kleinman was diplomatic, but suggested that parents should be ‘aware’ and ‘concerned’:

5:50 [Parents] ‘…and focus on the things they are able to do to protect their children.’

These things include [5:54]:

  • ‘…keeping them [children] away from close contact with others with whom they’re not living,
  • …wearing masks, and when out being around people who are wearing masks,
  • …washing hands,
  • and keeping surfaces clean, so-called ‘high contact surfaces’ like door knobs, counters, things like that where people touch a lot.’

As far as I can see, none of those suggestions is compatible with sending kids back to school.

  • When class sizes can be up to 30 children, social distancing is next to impossible.
  • When kids play, they come into close contact with each other. That’s why head lice can spread so rapidly through the population of a school.
  • Here in Australia, next to no one wears a mask, least of all our children.
  • In poorer schools, there may be taps for washing hands, but there is often no soap. Or the soap runs out in the morning and isn’t replaced until the cleaners come in after school. And that’s a best case scenario.
  • As for keeping close contact surfaces clean…kids touch everything, multiple times a day. Every time they go from one class to the next, in the toilet blocks, in the canteen… Keeping surfaces virus free is a nice concept, but that’s all it is. In practical terms, it cannot be done.

Taking the realities into consideration, Dr Kleinman is actually saying – do NOT send your children back to school. At least until we know more.

6:34 ‘…but we don’t know what the future holds. Every day we learn what we didn’t know the day before.’

And that seems to be the elephant in the Covid-19 room. This virus is so new, we don’t even know what it is that we don’t know. That’s why even the best advice can be outdated mere days after it’s been given.

In the beginning, we were told that children either didn’t get Covid-19 or only contracted a very mild disease. We were also told that ‘there was no evidence’ that children spread the virus [hence schools were ‘safe’].

We now know that children can get Covid-19, and they can get it without symptoms. That means they can spread it to other children and other members of their families. We are also learning that Covid-19 may trigger a delayed reaction in [some] children whereby their immune systems go haywire.

What we don’t know is why these children have this delayed reaction.

Is the connection to Covid-19 simply a coincidence?

Or are these children at special risk somehow?

And if they are, what is that special risk?

Will it strike more children as the pandemic continues?

To me, all these unknowns lead to just one question: is this a risk we really want to take with our children?

And this brings me to a special plea to the Premier of my state, Daniel Andrews:

Please, change your mind and keep schools closed until the start of Term 3.

It’s not that far off, but the delay could end up saving the lives of our children. Please don’t let the political animals in Canberra railroad you into going against your gut instincts. You have been right all along.

Sending kids back to school before we know how serious this Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome is, and how it links to Covid-19 is a massive risk. What are the benefits other than freeing parents up to work ‘for the economy’?

Most rational people in Victoria agree with your cautious approach. Don’t stop now. Please.

Warrandyte, VIC

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15 responses to “Paediatric Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and young adults

  • D. Wallace Peach

    This is so awful. The only “positive” thing about this virus, initially, was that children seemed immune to it, or resilient. That seemed like such a huge relief and burden lifted from humanity’s shoulders. Now, seeing children get sick… it just makes everything so much worse. 😦 I can’t wait until this is over. Thanks for sharing and Hugs.

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  • Elizabeth Drake

    I read about this, and I am terrified. I have little kids, and the one saving grace of COVID was they would be okay even if I wasn’t.

    So scary.

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    • acflory

      Yes. My niece has young children too, and they have asthma, so the info. on this new syndrome has me worried too. Let’s hope it’s just a coincidence and has nothing to do with Covid-19. Still, probably a good idea to keep track of it.
      Try not to worry too much. -hugs-


  • Candy Korman

    If you pardon my expression… this is scaring the shit out of parents who up until now have been anxious to get their kids out of the house and back to school. Covid19 keeps sending curve balls at my home town and the entire world.

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    • acflory

      Yes. I know. Was just telling Elizabeth that my niece has young children too so its front and centre of my thinking as well. And you’re right, this damn virus is continuously doing things we don’t expect. I really think the global ‘reopenings’ are premature, to say the least. :/


  • Scottie

    Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    Hello Meeka. Thank you for posting this information. I have been trying to counter the myth that only weak elderly people or people with comorbidity get really sick with CV19. I have been telling people that the push to get kids back in schools is to free parents up to go back to work. The lords of the manor, the wealthy, want their workers back making the wealthy money. The wealthy want their stock market money to rise again. They want serfs and peasants to risk their lives in ways they wont. But to get the workers back to the risky jobs they need to provide some place to watch the kids. Parents with children can not just go to work leaving the kids unsupervised, so the government could either pay for childcare, which they wont and is dangerous also, or force open school which also are underfunded to watch the kids. Again it is all about forcing the parents back to work in any way possible. Hugs

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  • The Story Reading Ape

    We’re seeing an increase of cases like these in UK, Meeks, but our “Illustrious Leaders’” seem hell bent in getting kids (years 1 and 6) back to school…

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    • acflory

      -sigh- it seems as if the countries with the highest rates of infection are seeing the most cases, which definitely argues for some kind of connection to Covid-19. I just hope that this isn’t the terrifying 2nd wave we’ve all been expecting. I know it’s a cliche but the kids really are our future.

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  • Matthew Wright

    This is interesting. It puts into further perspective some of the cynical judgements made by government officials in various countries early on in the pandemic, based on the supposition that Covid-19 was a mild disease except in the elderly, to the effect that it should just be let rip. That was appalling enough without taking into account the fact that the science of the disease had more unknowns than knowns – purely because it hadn’t been around long. Actually it’s emerging as ever-more serious, and in an ever-wider number of ways. Ouch.

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    • acflory

      Yes. 😦 I remember our illustrious Chief Medical Officer often saying ‘There is no evidence to suggest that…blah blah’. Of course there wasn’t as the virus was so new. Pure spin to disguise the fact that in the early days, Canberra was flirting with the idea of letting Covid-19 rip…for ‘herd immunity’.
      Sorry if I sound angry, I am. I’ve just spent a couple of hours on Twitter trying to shoot down the trolls and inject some facts into the conversation. Gah…. I wonder if this is how some people felt just before the Titanic began to sink?

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      • Matthew Wright

        There is so much rubbish circulating about this virus! I suspect – and hope – that a lot of the social media conspiracy theories and other dangerous misinformation I see online isn’t because people are trying to deceive others: it’s because they are trying to deceive themselves at a time when they feel they have lost control. I’m sure science will prevail, but it’ll take time. And we will also have to accept that the science might well be ‘sorry, there’s no cure’. I have to wonder whether ‘social distancing’, texting the supermarket to book a place in their number-limited entry (as my local one has started doing) and so forth will become the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future. I do hope the social media rubbish doesn’t catch hold: all I can see it leading to is a metaphorical ship’s band playing ‘Nearer, my god to thee’ from the quarterdeck as the liner goes under…

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        • acflory

          I’m not completely sure that the disinformation is misguided but innocent. The reason I’ve been so angry today is because I’m pretty sure that many of the twitter comments bleating about the lockdown are by trolls. You look at their Twitter profiles and it’s as if they sprang up overnight like toadstools. And the vicious campaign against the Victorian Premier [who is being wonderfully cautious] seems to be co-ordinated with these trolls.
          I feel like a tinpot crazy saying this, but I’ve noticed that instead of highlighting the wonderful things individuals and [some] businesses are doing, the ABC seems hell bent on showcasing all the boo hoo ‘i’m so bored, life is so tough’ stories that fuel the discontent. Only very rarely do they present the suffering caused by those who die of this virus. The dead have somehow been swept under the carpet. News is all about the inconvenience of living in lockdown.

          It feels like manipulation from Canberra.

          There, I’ve said it. Okay, you can call me a conspiracy theorist now. 😦


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