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Vanderbilt study reveals serious COVID-19 neurologic complications among children

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(Mike Osborne) — Researchers at Vanderbilt University have published research detailing the prevalence among children of life-threatening COVID-19 complications.

The Vanderbilt study looked at the cases of some 15,000 children under care for COVID-19 at 52 children’s hospitals over a two-year period. They discovered that roughly 8 out of every 100 cases involved serious neurologic complications.

Among the conditions noted: encephalopathy, encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, febrile and non-febrile seizure, brain abscess and bacterial meningitis, Reye’s syndrome, and cerebral infarction. Some cases resulted childhood fatalities.

The peer-reviewed study’s authors urged parents to protect their children using masks, social distancing and vaccinations.

Mike Osborne is the News Director for WMOT and can be heard on-air daily.