Children are less likely than adults to suffer serious complications from COVID-19, but they can – and do – become ill from the virus, Dr. Carter says. Public health experts are also investigating whether children may be more susceptible to illness from the emerging COVID-19 variants than the original strain.
In addition, COVID-19 has been associated with a condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Most commonly diagnosed among children ages 1-14 years old, MIS-C can cause inflammation in certain parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and gastrointestinal organs. The cause remains under investigation, but many children with MIS-C have had the virus that causes COVID-19 or been around someone with the illness.