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UN: Pandemic tough on millions of Mideast, NAfrican children

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The U.N. children's agency says the global pandemic and ensuing lockdown have taken their toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of kids in the Middle East and North AfricaBy NOHA ELHENNAWY Associated PressNovember 20, 2020, 10:13 AM• 3 min readCAIRO -- The global pandemic and ensuing lockdown have taken their toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of kids in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.In a survey of more than 7,000 households in seven countries in the region covering 13,000 children, UNICEF found that more than 90% of respondents believe the coronavirus pandemic has affected their children negatively.“Restrictions on movement and closure of schools had a severe impact on children’s daily routines, their social i
Lockdown made life worse for two in five children, NHS report says

Lockdown made life worse for two in five children, NHS report says

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Coronavirus: Children behind rising demand for tests in England

Coronavirus: Children behind rising demand for tests in England

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Demand for coronavirus tests has almost trebled among young children in England this month - but only 1% were found to have the virus, figures show.In the first two weeks of September, more than 200,000 under-nines were tested, according to government's test-and-trace programme.That is nearly three times as many as in the previous fortnight.A large study review has also confirmed that children are less likely to be infected than adults.But the role that children and adolescents play in transmitting the virus "remains unclear", it said.Government figures reveal that in England demand for tests increased across all age groups under 40, but was particularly noticeable among the under-20s. Coronavirus: Children 'half as likely to catch it' Study shows Covid r...
COVID-19 may cause long-term heart problems in children, researchers say

COVID-19 may cause long-term heart problems in children, researchers say

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Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Children who suffer heart damage caused by COVID-19 may need lifelong care and treatment, according to a review of existing research published Friday by EClinicalMedicine. Young people who develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome after being infected with the new coronavirus may experience heart-related symptoms similar to those seen with two rare, but serious, conditions called Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome, the researchers said. Advertisement In some, this may include a reduced ability for the heart to pump oxygenated blood to the tissues of the body or development of a heart aneurysm. "This is a new childhood disease that is believed to be associated with [COVID-19], and it can be lethal because it affects multiple organ systems [including] the heart and t...
Study: 70% of COVID-19 infections in children may be missed without testing

Study: 70% of COVID-19 infections in children may be missed without testing

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Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Up to 70% of COVID-19 infections in children might be missed unless routine testing and contact tracing measures are implemented, a study published Friday by JAMA Pediatrics found. In an analysis of 91 children with confirmed cases of the virus from 20 hospitals in South Korea, 20 remained asymptomatic throughout their illness and 47 had unrecognized symptoms before testing, the researchers said. Advertisement Another 18 developed symptoms after they had been tested and their diagnosis had been confirmed, according to the researchers. Still, based on results from retesting, even asymptomatic children in the study continued to shed virus, meaning they remained contagious, for up to 14 days after diagnosis, the researchers said. These children could be "associated with sil...