Children’s Health and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Children’s Health and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Bruce D. Gelb, MD, hosts a panel of Mount Sinai pediatric specialists who discuss what we’ve learned about treating children with COVID-19. George Ofori-Amanfo, MD, was redeployed to treat adults during the first wave, and about a month later, he started seeing the first pediatric cases. These patients, ranging from 1 to 14 years of age, had underlying conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. All responded to treatment, though many required oxygen support. Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, discusses how treatment evolved as the team learned more about the disease. She describes how a small number presented with an acute inflammatory response when the virus targets multiple organs throughout the body, known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Dusan Bogunovic, PhD, describes how MIS-C occurs four to five weeks after the initial infection, and compares its symptoms and trajectory to those of Kawasaki disease. He also provides an overview of the research conducted at Mount Sinai, as well as vaccines in development around the world. The panel discusses what parents should know about COVID-19, when their child should be tested, and when to seek treatment. The experts also discuss best practices for schools as children potentially go back to school, including lessons learned from Europe. They also stress that each family has individual concerns and needs, and will need to weigh all the factors—including their child’s development—in making the best decision for them.


Published

August 13, 2020

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Physician's Channel - Mount Sinai New York

Featured Faculty

Bruce Gelb, MD

Bruce Gelb, MD

Gogel Family Professor and Director, The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute
Director, Center for Molecular Cardiology
Professor, Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Karen Wilson, MD, MPH

Karen Wilson, MD, MPH

Debra and Leon Black Chief of General Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Jack and Lucy Department of Pediatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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George Ofori-Amanfo, MD

George Ofori-Amanfo, MD

Chief of Pediatric Critical Care
Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Professor, Pediatrics, and Cardiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Dusan Bogunovic, PhD

Dusan Bogunovic, PhD

Associate Professor, Microbiology, and Pediatrics
Director, Center for Inborn Errors of Immunity
The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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