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1.2 Million Babies Could Die Worldwide Due To Coronavirus, Study Claims

With the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, getting proper medical attention is both hard and risky. A reason for that is heading to the hospital could infect people though there are measures in place. As far as kids and pregnant women, the case is more sensitive, particularly in low-income countries.

The disruption the world is currently experiencing will affect these regions severely. According to a study published in the Lancet Global Health, a model showed how many extra deaths linked to COVID-19 may happen moving forward. A reason for this is that coronavirus is expected to impact food supply and medical systems in these countries. The study includes an increase in maternal deaths stemming from the absence of childbirth interventions. This includes the lack of antibiotics and clean birth environments. Roughly 1.2 million additional babies and about 57,000 mothers could die across 118 countries in six months due to this.

“If routine health care is disrupted and access to food is decreased (as a result of unavoidable shocks, health system collapse, or intentional choices made in responding to the pandemic), the increase in child and maternal deaths will be devastating,” the study said. “We hope these numbers add context as policymakers establish guidelines and allocate resources in the days and months to come.”

Right now, kids are not expected to be at high-risk of contracting COVID-19. There are exceptions with the number of young individuals testing positive. In a study from the New England Journal of Medicine, it found that 3 in 4 children who get COVID-19 has no known health conditions but could raise their risk. This is tied to a dangerous reaction to something called the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children known as MIS-C. It is reportedly an immune reaction to the infection.

In the study, it was shown how all kids with the condition dealt with digestive problems. About 80 percent had heart issues and other problems tied to their blood. Most of the children were hospitalized for about a week with 80 percent of them treated in intensive care. Four out of the 171 patients died.

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The infection normally sets in after two to four weeks after infection from SARS-CoV-2. The disorder is rare, affecting only 2 out of 100,000 children. The race is also a factor to kids dealing with the disorder. It seems to be more common in Black, Hispanic or South Asian children in an editorial included in the studies.

Among the symptoms include fevers or chills and rapid heartbeats. The 60 percent had rashes and some showed eye redness that is tied up to inflammation. Some died.

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