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More children are becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and some are experiencing symptoms lasting from one to several months. This condition is referred to by various names including long COVID, chronic COVID or scientifically, as post-acute sequalae of SARS-CoV-2 or PASC.
A team of experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is taking part in a project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study long-term effects of COVID-19 in children and young adults. The goal of the study is to determine the most effective ways to treat this condition.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of several pediatric hospitals aiming to enroll 20,000 children and young adults under the age of 25, including:
Long-term symptoms may be experienced by people who had a mild case or even been asymptomatic (had no symptoms) from COVID-19. These include:
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the study will also enroll children and young adults with two conditions:
Because the symptoms of long COVID are similar to those of other conditions, it can go undiagnosed. Parents may conclude that their child is lethargic or finding it difficult to focus because of the time spent away from school and friends during the shutdown.
If your child or a child you know is experiencing symptoms that interfere with daily life, talk to your pediatrician or doctor about being evaluated for long-term COVID effects and consider participating in this study.
If you would like to learn more about this study, please:
Complete this RECOVER study form to receive updates from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles about the study and how you can participate.
If you are over age 25 and experiencing long-term effects of COVID, visit recovercovid.org to learn more about how to participate in adult studies.