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Daily Skimm: COVID-19: Children, Ahmaud Arbery, and "The Baby-Sitters Club"

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May 11, 2020


The Story

Health officials are investigating a mysterious illness in children.

You said 'mysterious?'

Yes. It's called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome and it appears to be linked to COVID-19. At least seven states have reported cases, including potentially 85 in New York alone.

That's concerning.

Right. But most kids who've gotten it seem to be able to recover with the help of immunoglobulin. The treatment is used for a similar but rare illness known as Kawasaki disease, which mainly affects children under five. In this case, experts are asking parents to keep an eye on symptoms, which can include a fever, stomach pain, and a rash. It can appear days to weeks after a child gets COVID-19. And some doctors think it could result from an overactive immune system response to the virus.

Are they sure?

Health officials believe so, but it's too soon to tell. Doctors started identifying some of these cases in New York last month. And there had been reports of it in Europe, with at least 50 cases reportedly found in Britain, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy. Most children with the syndrome had tested positive for COVID-19 or its antibodies. But some tested negative. Now, New York is planning to work with the CDC to investigate the syndrome.


Until now, the coronavirus was believed to have largely spared children. But as cases continue to rise, health experts worry that might not be the case


What people are watching…

Ahmaud Arbery. Yesterday, the state's attorney general asked for a federal investigation into the handling of his case. In February, two white men shot and killed Arbery – a 25-year-old unarmed black man – while he was jogging in a suburban neighborhood of Georgia. Last week, 73 days after his death, police arrested the suspects. Recent reports showed that police officers were ready to arrest the two on the day of the shooting, but were stopped by a local district attorney – who later recused herself from the case. It turns out one of the suspects, a former police officer, had worked for the DA's office. Now, Georgia's AG is asking the Justice Department to investigate the DA's handling of the case

What's on the FDA's mind…

This test. The agency gave its first emergency approval for an antigen test to detect the coronavirus. This new test is cheaper and faster than other COVID-19 tests, providing results in minutes. The FDA says it could help ramp up testing to millions of Americans per day. And potentially identify how widespread the virus is – something that could speed up economic recovery. The test maker said 'on it' and that it's already shipping tests to customers.

Who people are mourning…

Little Richard. Over the weekend, the "king and queen" of rock 'n' roll died of bone cancer at age 87. His hits included "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Slippin' and Slidin'" – and he was an influence for musicians ranging from David Bowie to James Brown to Prince. Bob Dylan remembered him as a "shining star and guiding light."

Betty Wright. Yesterday, the Grammy-winning soul and R&B singer died of cancer at age 66. Wright was known for hits like "Clean Up Woman" and "Tonight is the Night" – and her work was sampled by everyone from Mary J Blige to Chance the Rapper to Beyoncé. In the '80s, she started a record company – and became the first woman to win a gold record on her own label.

Jerry Stiller. Today, his son Ben Stiller confirmed the comedian died at age 92 of natural causes. He was known for playing dads on both "Seinfeld" and "The King of Queens," his role in "Hairspray," and his comedy act with his wife, Anne Meara. His son Ben said "he will be greatly missed."

Who's ready for a blast from the past...

"The Baby-Sitters Club."

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