New research shows that one in seven children who test positive for COVID-19 continue to have symptoms 15 weeks post-diagnosis. Experts believe the Delta variant may be making “long COVID” more common. “The Delta variant seems to be affecting children much worse than the first waves,” said Kenneth Shaffer, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at Pediatric Congenital Cardiology Associates in Austin, Texas, part of the Mednax® family. “More kids are in the hospital and more kids are sick. Many children have had to be managed and hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia and other common presentations of the illness. Some even develop a viral infection of the heart muscle or an inflammation or swelling of the heart muscle, called myocarditis. Children can die from the infection.”

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