Children and COVID-19 (search done on 9 March 2020)

Added July 1, 2020

Citation: Mehta NS, Mytton OT, Mullins EWS, et al. SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): What do we know about children? A systematic review. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2020 May 11;ciaa556.

What is this? Research on the epidemiology and transmission of COVID-19 infection in children might provide useful information for policy makers and healthcare workers.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for articles about COVID-19 infection risk, transmission or severity in children. They restricted their searches to articles published in English (or which had English-language abstracts) and did the search on 9 March 2020. They included 24 articles.

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies suggested that children may be as susceptible as adults to COVID-19 infection; but with a milder disease course.

At the time of this review, the included studies highlighted uncertainties around the disease course of COVID-19 in adolescents.

At the time of this review, the included studies suggested that radiological lung changes can occur in children with asymptomatic infection.

At the time of this review, the included studies noted a lack of information on transmission factors for COVID-19 and children.


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