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What does long COVID look like in children who have had the virus?

Children can suffer from “long COVID” but the good news is that they’re less likely to be impacted by symptoms that persist or start a month or more after the initial infection.

A study in the U.K. indicates only 4% of children suffered from symptoms over a month past their initial infection, most commonly loss of smell, headaches, and fatigue.

Though they suffered these symptoms, they were typically gone within two months.


In adults, around 30% of people suffer from long COVID.

Reasons for these symptoms are still unknown and could be from organ damage due to the virus or lingering virus and inflammation.

Children are in danger of rare issues due to COVID-19 like multisystem inflammatory syndrome. Most children recover from it but require hospitalization.



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