A NY state doctor warned kids who contract coronavirus may get toxic shock-like condition, which causes severe inflammation.
Dr. Howard Zucker made the comments during New York Governor Cuomo's COVID-19 press briefing Thursday, where he revealed kids with who "have inflammation of those blood vessels" from the virus may be at risk.
"We know [coronavirus] affects the lining of the blood vessels," he said.
"Children who have inflammation of those vessels [may get] toxic shock. It's rare. Its reported overseas."
His statements come as the World Health Organization [WHO] investigates whether the deadly bug cane cause some children to develop the inflammatory disease likened to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease.
Toxic shock may be rare in this case, but it is also a life-threatening condition which involves bacteria entering the body, releasing harmful toxins.
Patients who get it may experience a high temperature, red rash and flu-like symptoms like a sore throat.
Kawasaki disease causes swelling of the heart’s blood vessels and generally impacts children under five.
A rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry lips, red fingers and red toes are all symptoms but the Mayo Clinic states it's treatable.
The first US case of this coronavirus-induced condition reportedly emerged in California.
The following day, the infant broke out in a red, blotchy rash which persisted for another two days before her worried parents brought her back to see medics.
Three more American children were since diagnosed with the Kawasaki Disease, triggered by the deadly virus.
On Monday, the UK's Pediatric Intensive Care Society said the National Health Service (NHS) alerted it to critically-ill kids presenting with “an unusual clinical picture.”
The NHS noted that some of these children had contracted coronavirus.
“We are aware of this report which came out of the United Kingdom about a small number of cases amongst children with this inflammatory response,” WHO's Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, said Wednesday.
“We’re looking at this with our clinical network.”
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