Long COVID afflicts kids too. Here's what we know so far.
Many children can also experience lingering symptoms after getting COVID-19. But scientists are struggling for answers, so parents are banding together to find treatments and warn others of the risks.
As an 11-year-old in a pre-COVID-19 world, Wednesday Lynch loved being part of a competitive cheer team. She’d gotten good at no-hands cartwheels and back tucks. Wednesday also adored hanging out with friends and riding her bicycle around her Dallas, North Carolina, neighborhood.
All that changed last September, when Wednesday was exposed to COVID-19 while attending virtual school with other socially distanced students at her gym. “A teen in the room didn’t know she had it at the time,” her mom Melissa recalls. Wednesday tested positive soon after.
She experienced many classic COVID-19 symptoms: exhaustion, low oxygen levels, and a loss of smell. Melissa Lynch cared for her daughter at home and after a few weeks the doctor said she could resume