NEW YORK (AP) – The death of a 5-year-old boy in New York City is challenging presumptions that toddlers are less susceptible to complications from the COVID-19 disease, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
The boy died of a disease possibly linked to COVID-19, and dozens of other children in the state have become seriously ill with a similar condition that scientists have linked to the coronavirus, Cuomo reported.RELATED
The governor did not give details about the little boy, who said he died Thursday. However, he added that 73 cases of children have been reported showing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammatory condition in children, and toxic shock syndrome.
The boy’s death is a sad event for New Yorkers, who believed that little ones have not been greatly affected by the coronavirus, Cuomo said.
“So this is every parent’s nightmare, right? That your son may actually be affected by this virus, “said the governor. “But it is something we have to seriously consider now,” he added.
Dozens of children in other parts of the United States have been hospitalized with the inflammatory condition that could be linked to the coronavirus and that occurred in Europe.
Symptoms include prolonged fever, severe abdominal pain, and trouble breathing.