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Study suggests long-term Covid symptoms could be rare in school-age children

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Long Covid: a child wearing a green mask sprays hand santizer on her hands

Less than one in 20 COVID-positive children who are still experiencing symptoms are symptomatic beyond four weeks.

It is one of the first studies to offer a detailed description of COVID illness in symptomatic school-aged children suggesting that long term symptoms are rare in this age group. It is published in the journal, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

The study consisted of data on 1,734 children aged between five and seventeen years old. Researchers found that the children’s symptoms lasted for five days in the younger age group (five to eleven) and seven days in older children (twelve to seventeen).

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