October 16, 2021

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Increase in Hospitalization of Kids with Post-COVID syndrome

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According to recent reports, there has been an increase in the number of children hospitalized because of a rare condition called pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS). This condition develops in some students after they have been exposed to the coronavirus. Since the start of October, around 35 kids have been admitted to hospitals because of the syndrome and this includes a 6-month baby and a boy aged 6. This report came after a 16-year-old teenager lost his life because of complications caused by the syndrome. Hailing from the central town of Jalijulia, Aden Jamal Fayumi became the first fatality to be recorded in Israel since the identification of the PIMS syndrome. 

Safra Children’s Hospital’s director, Itai Pessach explained that it is a very rare syndrome that can be found in one for every 10,000 kids who are infected by the coronavirus. He stated that the relative spike was due to an increase in COVID-19 infections because of the fourth wave in the country that has just begun to wane in the last few weeks. According to Pessach, it is possible for parents to be able to identify the symptoms, which include serious inflammation and persistent fever. Children who suffer from PIMS are clearly unwell and this illness starts showing signs after two to four weeks of recovering from the coronavirus. 

He revealed that PIMS occurs because the body’s immune system is over-activated against the coronavirus and this drives the body to attack itself. Pessach said that the immune system can be calmed down with a treatment and it is better to give it as soon as possible. A senior cardiologist by the name of Professor Yehuda Adler stated that the phenomenon appears to be more common amongst children between the age of 6 and 16. He said that some symptoms of the syndrome can also include headache, stomach ache and high temperature. 

Adler said that this could result in the different organs in the body not functioning, which would then require intensive care. Up until now, there have been around 120 cases of PIMS syndrome in the country, but the figure could be higher. The Israel Pediatric Association’s president, Professor Zachi Grossman said that around 100 children have been hospitalized due to PIMs because their condition was quite serious. Apart from this issue, some women have also claimed that their menstrual cycles have changed as a result of the coronavirus vaccine. 

Head of the public health department at the Health Ministry, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis said that there could be a connection between changes in women’s menstrual cycle and the COVID-19 vaccines, but further clarification was required. She went on to say that the phenomenon was temporary and the cycle returns to its previous schedule in the next month. She also said that the vaccination does not have any impact on fertility, as per the Israel Fertility Association. She added that only a handful of such reports had been made to the Health Ministry. On Sunday, figures showed that there were 1,029 cases of the coronavirus diagnosed on Saturday, which is the lowest figure since July. 

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