Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

May 15, 2020

Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hospitalized and Critically Ill Children and Adolescents with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at a Tertiary Care Medical Center in New York City

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  • Though previous studies have shown that children are at lower risk of developing severe illness compared to adults, the incidence of critical illness among children with COVID-19 is still not well known. Chao et al. observed 46 COVID-19 positive children (median age = 13.1) hospitalized in New York, and report that 28% were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), which is a higher proportion of severe disease requiring PICU admission than previously recognized. 

Chao et al. (May 6, 2020). Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hospitalized and Critically Ill Children and Adolescents with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at a Tertiary Care Medical Center in New York City. The Journal of Pediatrics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.05.006