Pediatric cases of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2

A report from Kaiser Health News (KHN) discusses increases in pediatric cases of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC)—commonly referred to as “long COVID-19.” Perhaps the most serious of these conditions is multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which has been reported in at least 2,060 children across the US, including 33 deaths (through March 1, 2021). And, a year into the pandemic, early data and surveys point to a baby bust in many advanced economies from the U.S. to Europe, on top of existing downward trends in births. The Brookings Institution estimated in December that, as a result of the pandemic, 300,000 fewer babies would be born in the U.S. in 2021 compared with last year. That estimate is based on survey evidence and the historical experience that a one-percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate reduces the birthrate by roughly 1%.

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