Preprint: Elevated liver enzymes and bilirubin following SARS-CoV-2 infection in children under 10

Those cases of mysterious hepatitis in kids are looking increasingly less mysterious by the day….

“Compared to children infected with other respiratory infections, children infected with COVID-19 infection were at significantly increased risk for elevated AST or ALT and total bilirubin....More...

UK: Half a million people have sought Long Covid advice

Asthma and Lung UK said that over the last six months about half a million had visited its long COVID advice pages or called its helpline – and some sufferers are considering buying their own oxygen supplies....More...

North Korea: Total lockdown announced as Omicron BA.2 identified in Pyongyang

North Korea has announced its first ever Covid-19 cases. The Omicron variant has been identified.

According to the North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), samples collected from fever-ridden patients on Sunday in Pyongyang were identical to omicron....More...

Pediatric acute liver failure associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection

“We describe the case of a 3-year-old previously healthy female who developed acute liver failure secondary to type 2 autoimmune hepatitis preceded by mild infection with SARS-CoV-2”

Although elevated liver enzymes are common in hospitalized children with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, pediatric acute liver failure is an uncommon manifestation of COVID-19 disease....More...

France: Persistent Alpha variant infection in immunosuppressed patient in 2022

“We describe persistent circulation of SARS-CoV-2 Alpha variant in an immunosuppressed patient in France during February 2022. The virus had a new pattern of mutation accumulation....More...

France excludes SARS-CoV-2 in case definition file for hepatitis in kids

In a bizarre twist to the hepatitis in children story we covered earlier this week, we have learned that the French Health Department are now specifically excluding SARS-CoV-2 virus infections as a possible cause for hepatitis in the official case definition file....More...

UK: Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home

Public Health England, April 2020: “Some of these patients may have COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. All of these patients can be safely cared for in a care home if this guidance is followed.”...More...