Children & COVID-19

Children with COVID-19 in China Impacted Less Severely Than Adults: Study

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, new research found that children with COVID-19 in China have been impacted less severally than adults. 

The research was reported in the study "Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients with 2019 Coronavirus in China". The study examined the positive cases of 731 children, as well as 1,412 children who were suspected of having COVID-19. 

The same research shows that while children in China showed less severe symptoms than adults, infants and toddlers remained vulnerable groups. 

Of the children who tested positive and were suspected of having the virus, one child died and most cases were mild. Six percent of the children's cases were specified as being severe or critical. 

The pre-publication release version of the study can be accessed: here


American Academy of Pediatrics website:

"Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients With 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China" Study:

Photo: Usatine RP, Sabella C, Smith M, Mayeaux EJ, Jr., Chumley HS, Appachi E. The Color Atlas of Pediatrics; 2015. 

Leah Carton

Associate Editor - Pediatrics, Dermatology, Geriatrics , McGraw Hill