What are the risks of COVID-19 infection in youth?

Question: 

What are the risks of COVID-19 infection in youth?

Answer: 
While most youth who get COVID-19 have a minor illness, some can get very sick. Unfortunately, with the Delta and Omicron variants, we are seeing more youth getting sick and being hospitalized with COVID-19.  Children and youth with certain underlying medical conditions have a higher chance of more serious symptoms if they get COVID-19. Infected children and youth are also able to pass on COVID-19 to other people in their families and communities.
 
Some children and youth may continue to feel sick weeks or months after the initial illness. This is called Post-COVID-19 condition or “long COVID”. Early studies suggest that "long COVID" is less common in children and young people than adults. 
 
Children and youth are also at risk of developing a serious but rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) after COVID-19 infection. MIS-C is caused by an exaggerated immune response, leading to severe widespread inflammation and can appear several weeks after infection. As of November 13, 2021, there have been 19 confirmed young people with MIS-C in BC. All children with MIS-C in BC have recovered or are recovering. 
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022