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International study identifies long-term risk of COVID-19 in children

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Nearly 6% of children participated in emergency Situation based on eight countries and published in JAMA Network Open . 48 hours or more in initial hospitalization, 4 or more symptoms at initial visit, and age 14 or older are associated with long-term COVID-19.

“We found that in some children, illness with COVID-19 was associated with a 3-month period of reported persistence symptoms,” said lead investigator Stephen Friedman, MD, MS, of the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services. “Our results suggest that appropriate guidance and follow-up is needed, especially in high-risk children with chronic COVID-19 infection.”

The study included 1,884 children with COVID-19 who were followed for 90 days. Long COVID was found in nearly 10% of hospitalized children and 5% of children discharged from the ED.

“The rate of reported long-term COVID-19 infection in adults is significantly higher than what we find in children,” from Sacramento said co-principal investigator Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH, of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. “Our findings can inform public health policy decisions regarding mitigation strategies for COVID-19 in children and medium- and long-term COVID screening approaches for severely infected individuals.”

The most frequently reported persistent symptoms in children were fatigue or weakness, cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath.

“We found that children who initially had multiple symptoms of COVID-19 had long-term exposure to COVID-19 The risk is higher, which is consistent with studies in adults,” said co-principal investigator Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Unfortunately, there are currently no known treatments for long-term COVID in children and more research is needed in this area. However, if symptoms are severe, symptomatic treatment is paramount. If symptoms affect quality of life, then Multidisciplinary Nursing.”

Further information: COVID-19 in children 90 days after SARS-CoV-2 infection Post status, JAMA NETWORK OPEN (2022). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.23253

Citation : International study identifies long-term COVID risk in children (2022 , July 22), retrieved September 2, 2022, from

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