The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have serious effects worldwide long after the crisis has passed.

Pediatricians and public health experts have been calling attention to an increasingly serious problem: the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical and mental health of children and adolescents.

Although COVID-19 is mostly benign in children, causing mild flu-like symptoms, it can also have effects beyond the disease itself. They can develop what is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition.