Gov. DeSantis calls children’s illness tied to coronavirus ‘extremely rare’

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That's despite at least eight confirmed cases.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday called a childhood illness tied to COVID-19 extremely rare, despite reports of at least eight confirmed cases in Florida. He also said parents can decide about whether they think their children are potentially at risk.

“I think it’s something parents should consider. It is extremely rare,” DeSantis said of the illness known as “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children,” or MIS-C. DeSantis, who held a news conference in Jacksonville to announce that he is lifting coronavirus-related restrictions on youth activities, initially deferred questions about MIS-C to Bonnie White, a Ponte Vedra Beach pediatrician who treats his children and appeared at the news conference.

“It’s my understanding that we haven’t seen any cases, that Wolfson (Children’s Hospital) is monitoring seven kids for symptoms of it, but as of yesterday they haven’t had any cases,” White said.

But Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville confirmed Thursday that it had two patients with cases of MIS-C. Also, Mobeen Rathore, a physician and chief of the University of Florida’s Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology who works at the children’s hospital,  said 12 patients in the Jacksonville area have been treated at Wolfson since mid-April who are now suspected to have had MIS-C.

South Florida has had another six cases, with five patients remaining hospitalized. One patient who was being treated at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami was discharged Friday.

MIS-C is most common among school-age children. To meet the definition of the syndrome, patients must  be under 21 and have a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, have a  clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization and must test positive for a novel coronavirus infection, or have been exposed to it within the four weeks before the symptoms’ onset.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published information May 15 on its website after noting the emergence of the illness in New York. As of Friday, New York health officials said they were investigating 161 reported MIS-C cases. There have been three deaths.


Republished with permission from the News Service of Florida.

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  • Ward Posey

    May 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    More BS from Governor BS. His kids don’t have to worry they are upper echelon and protected, but DeSantis would sell your kids down the drain. What a POS he is.

  • BlueHeron

    May 24, 2020 at 3:52 am

    DeSantis (who is a POS) has shown little to zero empathy and compassion throughout this whole crisis. He is also incredibly ill equipped. Yes, the majority of cases fall into the elderly category but we are now seeing people of all ages sucked into the covid-19 nightmare and they are losing their lives. Now it is children. All/most with a combination of symptoms that were unknown to us until recently. The likes of which are not seen only here in Florida but around the country and some countries worldwide. Rare? Compared to what? Is this supposed to comfort parents as they decide whether or not they send their children to daycare, K-12 or university? A decision which will dictate whether or not they go back to work?
    Just as it is in other states who are really not taking this as seriously as they should, all we have to do is re-open everything. Let people get sick, hopefully recover, and perhaps we will reach herd immunity.
    I personally fear that we are really in for it and we are not prepared as a state. Frightening.

  • Headsiwintailsyoulose

    May 26, 2020 at 9:11 am

    “Despite reports of at least eight cases”. You guys are clowns. There are four million children in Florida. 8 cases would be 0.0002%.

    How much rarer would it have to be for you to admit it’s “extremely rare”?

    • Tjb

      May 27, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      8 dead babies is just a small loss of human capital?

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