This week I’m diving deep into long COVID. This mini-series is 5 posts in total: burden, impact on specific organs, kids, predictors, and potential treatment. This is post #3 of the series. Long COVID among kids is one of the pandemic’s biggest mysteries—and one that causes a lot of worry for parents. This is a deep dive into what we know (and do not know) right now.
Apologies for the off-topic comment. Perhaps a topic for the future. I'm seeing numbers in Europe going back up again, even though they're still very high from Omicron. I can't find any coverage. Is it a new BA.2 wave reinfecting the previously infected? Some new variant? Here in the US our numbers have come way down, so we're relaxing, although home testing may be obscuring the true covid rate. But Europe is looking scary!
Here in TX where there is minimal-to-no masking and there is no wastewater testing in our city, what is the best dashboard statistic or way to determine whether our family (with an immune-compromised child) should be extra cautious vs living life (eating out outdoors, large outdoor gatherings with other kids, etc).
Our kids would be masked and were vaxxed in Nov but the stats on waning for 5-11yo from that recent preprint are concerning.
Thank you for this series. I send a link to each new installment to the coronavirus Reddit sub for my state, and they are much appreciated.
I have some info I'd like to share with people here, and also ask for your opinion of. (I'm sorry info and question are unrelated to Long Covid, but don't know any way to ask you about this other than to share the info and question here.) I found what I think are the current NIH guidelines for risk stratification regarding Paxlovid -- that is, the guidelines for who gets priority. They are here: https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/therapies/statement-on-patient-prioritization-for-outpatient-therapies/
It seems like the guidelines are:
First priority immunosuppressed people + unvaccinated age 75+ -- next, unvaccinated 65+ -- then vaccinated 75+ -- then vaccinated 65+.
Questions: Is this accurate? If so, any estimate of how long before Paxlovid is available to all who qualify for it by having a risk factor (either age or a relevant health problem)?