“Parents call — confused and very worried,” says a staff member at New Jersey’s only clinic specializing in the treatment of pediatric long COVID-19. Kids who got the disease and recovered can suffer sudden relapses, with symptoms including shortness of breath and mental confusion, and physical impairment of heart and lungs. Athletes get benched. Straight-A students see their grades plummet.
The Pediatric Post-COVID CARE program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey is treating and tracking 90 children with symptoms of long COVID-19.