Most children and teenagers do not become seriously ill with COVID-19. But doctors have seen a very small number of patients with an unusual condition which seems to be linked to the virus.
Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome temporally associated with COVID-19 (called PIMS-TS or PIMS for short) is very rare, and most children will not be seriously affected.
We’ve looked at the current evidence and worked with doctors to write a guide for parents, carers, teachers and others who look after children and young people.
Children’s Commissioners across the UK have created guidance especially for children and young people:
Condition and situation specific resources for families and children
If you are struggling because of COVID –19 you can find helpful information on the UK Government website. This includes if you are feeling unsafe, worried about going into work, paying the bills, getting food or having somewhere to live or are concerned about your or someone else’s mental health.
The University of Plymouth has launched a nationwide survey to find out how the COViD-19 Stay Home advice has influenced how parents seek help for a sick or injured child. You can take part in the survey or find out more here.
Details of surveys and research looking at children and young people’s experience of COVID-19 can be found here.