More than 50 kids in New York City have coronavirus inflammatory syndrome, mayor says


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) speaks at a press conference about COVID-19 and the closing of K-12 public schools in New York City.

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New York City health officials are worried about a rising number of cases of a potentially fatal inflammatory syndrome that’s causing heart and kidney failure in children with Covid-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. 

“This was not something that the healthcare community saw on their radar and then in the last week or two, suddenly, we’re seeing something that’s very troubling,” de Blasio said

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Coronavirus inflammatory syndrome is causing heart and kidney failure in some NYC kids


Dr. Oxiris Barbot attends Mayor bill de Blasio briefing on first registered community transfer covid-19 patient in New York at City Hall.

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Coronavirus inflammatory syndrome in children is causing heart and kidney failure, New York City’s top health official said Monday.

“This is something that is incredibly concerning,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said at a news briefing. Pediatricians and health officials have seen “laboratory signs of inflammation and a single or multiorgan indication of failure. Meaning that your kidneys are not working, they’re going into shock, your heart is giving out.”

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