A rare condition where different organs in the body are inflamed has been found in some children infected with Covid-19. A child with multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) may require urgent care due to the involvement of various vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin and eyes.
The condition is the subject of ongoing research, with attempts to identify risk factors. Some experts believe that Covid-19 antibodies produced by the child following an infection results in the development of this syndrome, while others say genetic factors may be at play.
Associate Professor Kenneth Mak said a sixth MIS-C case has been detected. The cases are aged two months to 11 years old. Three have recovered, Prof Mak, Singapore’s director of medical services, added. Of the remaining three children, one has been transferred to the general ward from the paediatric intensive care unit. He may be discharged soon if his recovery remains uneventful.
Here we answer some questions about MIS-C as more details emerge about the condition among Covid-19 child patients in Singapore.