The B.1.1.7 variant and children
I was asked about this in a message on IG and I want to address it.
First of all. Repeat after me- Viruses mutate. Let's try another one- Viruses mutate and to be a good virus that stays around a while, they try to keep their hosts alive.
Makes sense right? We live in a terrain of bacteria and viruses daily. It would actually be weird to not have viruses and bacteria around. What's weird is how we treat out bodies so crappy, but that's another post.
I will let this article speak for itself and summarize at the end.
ref: Brookman S, Cook J, Zucherman M, Broughton S, Harman K, Gupta A. Effect of the new SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 on children and young people. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2021 Apr;5(4):e9-e10. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(21)00030-4. Epub 2021 Feb 10. PMID: 33581054; PMCID: PMC7906637.
As you can see in the previous article that they are not seeing in increase in hospitalization of children and while there is a possibility this variant can spread easier, it does not seen to put children in harm.
MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) associated with COVID-19 while worrisome is rare. This syndrome can occur up to 2-4 weeks after a COVID infection. It is similar to a Kawasaki's presentation.