By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When the new coronavirus pandemic first began, respiratory distress immediately became the hallmark of severe COVID-19 illness. News reports focused on the inability to breathe, low oxygen saturation levels and the alarming need for ventilators.

But six months later, experts are becoming increasingly concerned about a very different COVID-19 phenomenon, one that spares the lungs only to take direct aim at the patient's heart, digestive tract and nervous system.

Called "Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults" -- or MIS-A -- the condition was first spotted last spring in children and teens.

"The symptoms are very similar among adults and children," explained Dr. Alisa Femia, director of both in-patient dermatology and autoimmune connective tissue disease at NYU Langone Dermatologic Surgery & Cosmetic Associates, in New York City.

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