If your child plays sports, you may be worried about the long-term effects of COVID-19. Growing information in the medical community shows that concern may be warranted.

“We’re learning more and more about coronavirus and how it affects the body in general, and particularly how it affects the heart,” said Deborah Schutte, M.D., medical director of Cardiology at Cook Children’s. “We’re now learning that the virus can attack the heart much like many other viruses and kids can get what’s called myocarditis, which is inflammation or swelling of the heart.”

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