Back in April, NHS doctors were told to look out for a rare but dangerous reaction in children.
This was prompted by eight children in London becoming ill, including a 14-year-old who died. They were hospitalised with similar symptoms (including a high fever, rash, red eyes, swelling and general pain) that initially looked like sepsis. Some of those patients tested positive for Covid-19, prompting conversations in the medical community about whether there might be a new inflammatory syndrome which could be an extreme reaction to Covid among very young patients.
Some of these cases have been likened to a rare inflammatory heart condition called Kawasaki, for which the symptoms are similar to sepsis and toxic shock.
“For doctors looking after these children, they present as if they’ve got sepsis,” explained Dr Patel. “They’ve got a fever and abnormal blood tests, but when further investigation is done they recognise that there’s