Hold up! Let us not be too happy and over-excited during this RMCO since the pandemic is still dominating the headlines in every country. While everyone is adapting to the new normal, we were surprised with reports on a few number of cases of a Kawasaki-like disease believed to be linked to coronavirus. Unusual numbers of children and teenagers have developed an inflammatory condition which is now called as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C.\r\n\r\nFortunately in Malaysia, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed that there is no such cases detected among children infected by COVID-19 (as of writing). Nonetheless, everyone should prevent the infection among children by complying with the Health Ministry's procedures.\r\n\r\nHere are the things that you should be aware of:\r\nWhat You Should Know\r\n\r\n \t\r\nKawasaki Disease\r\n\r\n\r\nKawasaki was first discovered by Tommisaku Kawasaki in Japan. Believe it or not, the cause of the disease till now remains unknown. Kawasaki Disease is believed to be a result of an abnormal immune response following infection in genetically susceptible individuals.\r\n\r\nIt is a rare inflammatory disease that causes blood vessels to become inflamed or swollen throughout the body. Some of the common symptoms of Kawasaki Disease is a persistent high fever, rashes on the body, bloodshot red eye, redness around the lips or tongue, swelling and redness to hands or feet, and neck swelling. Be aware that not all children will have all the same symptoms.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor your information, there is no specific test for this disease. Usually, the doctors will make clinical diagnosis based on the collection of symptoms.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nMultisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C\r\n\r\n\r\nAs mentioned earlier, MIS-C is similar to Kawasaki Disease. According to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, any children who are infected with MIS-C did not have obvious symptoms when they were infected, and generally were healthy prior to developing MIS-C.\r\n\r\nProfessionals are still studying about MIS-C and how it affects children as the information on this disease is extremely limited.\r\n\r\nBased on the information shared by Kawasaki Disease Foundation (KDF)*, here are the things that you need to know about how this disease is linked to COVID-19:\r\n\r\nNote: MIS-C was formerly known as Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n* These information by Kawasaki Disease Foundation were based on an interview between KDF Volunteer and Parent, Beth Avant with Dr. Adriana Tremoulet of University of California, San Diego.\r\nHow Can You Protect Your Children from these Diseases?\r\nThe best way you can protect your children is by taking everyday actions as advised by the Ministry of Health - always wear face masks when you are at a crowded place (and it is best to avoid it!), wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds always, avoid touching a lot of things and then touch your face, and stay at home if you don't have anything important to go outside.\r\n\r\nKawasaki Disease can be fatal of the affected children, even with treatment. Read more about Kawasaki Disease shared by a mother's experience here.\r\n\r\nParents, you should do what you always do if you notice something amiss in your child or other family members, which is to consult a doctor immediately. Remember to stay cautious even during this RMCO.