COVID-19 is usually mild in children and adolescents, but not every young person has a smooth recovery. Some children get what is known as “long COVID,” which lasts for weeks or months after becoming infected with the virus. “Long COVID isn’t common in children and adolescents, but it has been detected on rare occasions,” said Zachary Hoy, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Nashville Pediatric Infectious Disease, part of the Pediatrix® Medical Group. “Some children experience fatigue, difficulty playing team sports they were previously able to easily participate in, brain fog, or trouble focusing,” explains Dr. Hoy. “Sometimes kids have weird symptoms that they tell their parents about—such as ‘I feel weird’—or they don’t seem to enjoy activities they used to pre-COVID.” 

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