Mayor: COVID-19-linked syndrome affecting kids could impact decision on when to reopen schools

Facts surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continue to change and it can be a lot to keep up with -- especially on how it may be affecting children.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2020, 9:13 PM

Updated 1,463 days ago

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Each day, there is new information on the multi-inflammatory syndrome in children. 
"Since it is linked to COVID-19, you have got the immediate point that everything else we do to fight the coronavirus we need to do to fight MIS-C. So that means the hygiene, the washing hands, the hand sanitizer, the coughing into your elbow when you cough or sneeze, all the basics, using the face covering, staying home to the maxim point possible, social distancing -- all of this helps make sure our children are not exposed to this disease,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. 
He says the syndrome, which impacts blood vessels and organs, could impact the decision on when to reopen schools.
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"Obviously what we have seen with this new syndrome MIS-C causes us additional concern because it is about safety and health, so if something new is happening or something has become evident that wasn't evident before we are going to focus on it and stay focused on it and it will, of course, it will be a focus be a factor in what we do with our schools going forward," the mayor says.
Health experts are asking parents to be aware of the following symptoms: 
- Persistent fever 
- Red eyes
- Rash


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