UPDATED 7:55 PM PT — Thursday, May 14, 2020
Doctors have been told to look out for signs of a rare syndrome called “multisystem inflammatory syndrome,” which has been affecting children who had coronavirus.
Symptoms include prolonged fever rash, abdominal pain and vomiting. The syndrome can be deadly and has reportedly killed three already.
It’s been confirmed in nearly 20 states, including New York, which has seen more than 100 cases so far.
“Early detection, early action makes all the difference here. So, again, the symptoms: persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting. If you see any combination, especially, be concerned.”
– Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Doctors who believe their patients have this illness have been asked to report to their local health departments so the CDC can continue investigating the syndrome.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1 million active cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. As of Thursday, over 85,000 people have died, while more than 246,000 have recovered.
This comes as many states begin to slowly reopen businesses and ramp up testing. So far, more than 10 million tests have been administered.