Dr Binita Kane on Kids with Long Covid

By David Tuller, DrPH

Physician Binita Kane, a lung specialist in Manchester, England, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester’s School of Biological Sciences, has been outspoken on the subject of long Covid in children. Her passion about the issue has been fueled by her own daughter’s struggle with prolonged symptoms after an acute coronavirus infection. In an article in The Conversation called “Supporting a child with long COVID – tips from parents of children living with the condition,” Dr Kane and two co-authors wrote this:

“The latest figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics show an estimated 69,000 children are living with long COVID, 41,000 of whom have had symptoms for at least a year…The most common symptoms of long COVID in children are fatigue and headaches, but young people can also have a range of other symptoms including chest pain, persistent cough, dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, anxiety and low mood.”

Dr Kane is currently a voluntary advisor to the group Long COVID Kids. We recently spoke about her own family’s experiences, what she sees happening with other families, and related issues: