MIS-C: Should we be worried about this disease?


Lydia Abruzzo, Author

What you need to know!!

After being a big problem for almost three years now, covid is still affecting people every day. There are new variants of covid that are being spread around the world. Covid has been around since the 1960s, but only became a big problem in 2019. In 2019, covid began to spread throughout the world causing almost everything to go into lockdown. After dealing with all the issues this has caused, in 2022 mostly everyone thought and hoped it would all be over, but the world is still facing problems involving covid. There are thousands of strands, but in this article, we will focus on one, MIS-C. 

What is MIS-C?

MIS-C stands for multisystem inflammatory syndrome. This condition is common in kids. This condition began to spread around in April 2020. MIS-C has been hitting communities hard ever since. MIS-C is a rare condition but it can be very deadly. MIS-C stems from COVID-19 for the most part. For some kids, MIS-C develops randomly. According to New York State, “As of November 11, 2022, the New York State Department of Health has investigated and confirmed 868 cases of MIS-C and 4 deaths attributed to MIS-C in New York children.” Lockdowns and wearing masks are mostly gone for most of society, but it is essential to know and be aware that covid is still here and other sicknesses are still around in every community. 

What are the symptoms?

When you or someone you are close with gets sick, it is always important to check their symptoms. This is important because you need to make sure that the person who is ill isn’t getting worse or has worrying symptoms that might be a warning sign that there is something more serious going on than they think. That is why writing down symptoms especially temperatures is important in keeping track of the sickness. For MIS-C there are many different symptoms that are involved with this syndrome. MIS-C causes inflammation of different parts of the body. These body parts include but are not limited to the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, and eyes. In most cases, MIS-C is developed after a child has had covid. MIS-C symptoms are most likely known to show up after one or two weeks after having covid. According to New York State if a child develops any of these symptoms after having covid they should seek medical attention. These symptoms are prolonged fever (more than 24 hours), bloodshot eyes, skin rash, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty feeding (infants), or too sick to drink fluids. If other symptoms for example change in skin color (becoming pale, patchy, and/or blue), trouble breathing or breathing very quickly, racing heart or chest pain, decreased amount or frequency of urine, confusion, not acting right, or won’t wake up or stay awake are to develop, the child should seek emergency medical care right away.