More than a third of New York kids who contracted a Kawasaki disease-like ailment linked to the coronavirus were obese or suffered from other underlying medical conditions, according to a study published Monday.
The analysis of the 99 patients with Multi-Symptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It was conducted by the state Health Department in concert with the University of Albany and the US Centers for Disease Control.
Of the 99 cases studied, 36 of the under-age-21 patients had other underlying or pre-existing conditions — with 29 being obese.
Two of the 99 patients died from the disease.
The syndrome has been compared to Kawasaki disease, which can have similar symptoms. Researchers determined that Kawasaki-like symptoms were more common in younger children than in adolescents. They concluded that further research could explore whether post-COVID-19 inflammatory syndrome exists among adults.
Symptoms of the Kawasaki-type affliction include: persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting, rash, red or pink eyes, enlarged lymph node gland on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, and swollen hands and feet.
The report found that many of the patients with inflammatory syndrome also suffered from cardiac distress.
The study also compared racial and ethnic information of the 99 children, which found African-Americans and Hispanics were disproportionately impacted.
Among 78 patients with data on race, 37 percent were white, 36 percent Hispanic, 40 percent black, 5 percent Asian and 18 percent other.
The study authors suggest that the higher incidence of inflammatory syndrome among black and Hispanic children reflects the well-documented higher rates of COVID-19 infection in minority communities.
“This landmark study links COVID-19 and MIS-C and will help healthcare professionals throughout the country diagnose this condition in their patients,” said state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.
“From the very beginning, New York State has led the nation on investigations into MIS-C, and I commend our team of public health scientists for their excellent work expanding our knowledge and understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
The authors said the study likely underestimated cases of inflammatory syndrome because some children may have had mild cases that did not require hospitalization, as well as a medical professionals misdiagnosing a patient’s illness.
10 mins ago
June 30, 2020
The Knicks’ hope of staging mandatory OTAs this summer has been dashed, according to industry sources.
The eight teams not involved in the Orlando restart were pushing for mandatory Organized Team Activities to make up for missing out on the Orlando restart. But the NBA and its players association won’t allow any of it to be mandatory, according to sources.
Some teams — not the Knicks — lobbied to have a one-site summer-league tournament with the eight teams, but the massive COVID-19 protocols in Orlando are too complex to implement for random teams, sources say.
NBPA director Michele Roberts hinted at concerns over OTAs for the “Delete 8’’ during Friday’s conference call, but didn’t rule it out.
“Candidly, while I appreciate that there will be a bit of a layoff, I think there are some things these teams can do to get the guys that are not playing some [benefit] by their not being involved in Orlando,’’ Roberts said. “But unless we could replicate in every way the protocol that’s been established for Orlando, I’d be — I’m being tame now — suspicious.”
The concern is having the eight teams practice at their facilities, then allowing players to go home to their families. That’s contrary to the rules followed by the 22 teams in the Orlando bubble scheduled to start July 7.
According to sources, the Knicks were only interested in staging a week of minicamp with their young players after late July and did not want games. That way a new coach could get a feel for his team before the Nov. 6 opening of camp.
The league hasn’t ruled out informal group-setting team workouts, based on state social-distancing laws, but only voluntarily and with strict guidelines, according to sources. For now, the “Delete 8’’ are permitted to hold individual workouts at their training facility like the other 22 clubs.
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Taj Gibson and Frank Ntilikina were at the Knicks’ facility in Tarrytown on Friday. Mitchell Robinson and Kenny Wooten have also been working out there.
NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum indicated voluntary group workouts could still be arranged in the future.
“We want the same standards to be met, and there have been conversations that we’ve been having with the players association on how to present and whether or not we can do that,’’ Tatum said. “We know it’s something that our teams would love to do, that some of the players would love to do. It has to be done in the right way. We’ll continue having those conversations.’’
Roberts said teams such as the Knicks can find ways to get young players training. Over summers, the Knicks have sent coaches to players’ hometowns.
“I think our teams are incredibly smart and creative and can come up with ways to get their guys engaged, if not now, before the season starts,’’ Roberts said. “But I am very concerned and frankly, our players, our teams are very concerned about any play that doesn’t have the same guarantees of safety and health that we’ve provided for the teams in Orlando. You never say never, but there’s a standard that’s got to be met.’’
11 mins ago
June 30, 2020
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A 72-year-old California woman was gored and injured multiple times by a wild bison at Yellowstone National Park after repeatedly approaching the animal to take its photograph, park administrators said Monday.
The woman was flown to an Idaho hospital for treatment of her injuries following the June 25 incident. She was not identified and her current condition is unknown.
The woman was at her campsite at the park’s Bridge Bay Campground when she approached within 10 feet (3 meters) of the animal multiple times prior to being gored, park officials said.
Run-ins between visitors and bison, also known as buffalo, occur periodically at Yellowstone. The animals are normally placid but can respond aggressively and charge when approached.
Park biologist Chris Geremia said that’s what appeared to happen in the latest instance, with the bison responding to what it perceived as a threat when the woman got too close.
Visitors are required to stay at least 25 yards (23 meters) away from large animals, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, and at least 100 yards (91 meters) away from bears and wolves.
In May, a woman was knocked to the ground when she got too close to a bison near the popular Old Faithful geyser.
Earlier this month a Missouri woman suffered minor injuries after being knocked to the ground by a grizzly bear in a surprise encoutner.
22 mins ago
June 30, 2020
AT&T’s low-band 5G network is expanding to 28 new regions today, including Austin, Miami, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. If you’ve been waiting for a slight speed boost over your current LTE connection and have a 5G-compatible phone, you might want to check if your neighborhood is part of this latest expansion.
Technically, we’re talking about AT&T’s low-band 5G network, which has slightly better speeds and latency compared to 4G LTE. When OpenSignal tested 5G speeds from major phone carriers in downtown cities over the winter, it found AT&T’s low-band download speeds averaged 59.3Mbps. The low-band network is not to be confused with AT&T’s 5G Plus, a high-band network with mmWave frequencies, which offer far faster internet speeds than low-band offerings — sometimes over 1Gbps. The company also offers another “5G” option: 5G E. But that’s not real 5G at all, but rather a slightly faster version of LTE. Yes, it’s all a little confusing.
My colleague Chaim Gartenberg did a robust explainer on 5G earlier this month and explained that although 5G, in general, will add to and enhance cellular technology, it provides a lot of tradeoffs due to how 5G radio’s electromagnetic spectrum works, how expensive 5G smartphones are, and the limited range of 5G network coverage.
The new addition brings AT&T’s total number up to 355 coverage areas, though its big milestone was in April when the carrier launched its low-band 5G in 137 new cities including Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Nashville, and Tallahassee. The carrier’s promising nationwide 5G by the end of the year. Here’s the full list of all the areas now offering low-band 5G starting today:
- West Palm Beach
- Aibonito Municipality
- Rincon Municipality
- San Juan
- Navarro County
- Wilson County