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Low prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 detected in symptomatic children admitted to hospital

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Show simple item record Lynam, K. Twomey, John Mahony, M.J. O'Mahony, Edmond Ahmed, Irfan Murphy, A.M. Gallagher, S. Fitzgerald, M. Sreenan, C. Afridi, Zahir Stapleton, P.J. Dunne, Colm P. Neylon, Orla Linnane, Barry 2021-09-23T14:47:11Z 2021-09-23T14:47:11Z 2021
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dc.description.abstract Aims Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) originated in Wuhan, China in 2019 and is responsible for the condition known as COVID-19. COVID-19 was first reported in Ireland in February 2020 with University Hospital Limerick’s (UHL) first paediatric case reported on 4th March 2020. Studies have shown clinical manifestations of children’s cases are generally less severe than those of adults. UHL serves a catchment population of approximately 100,000 children. We aimed to describe the clinical presentation, and prevalence of SARS-CoV-2, in children requiring inpatient hospitalization during the initial phase of the pandemic in Ireland. Methods Data were examined relating to all inpatients aged 0 – 16 years admitted with a queried or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 from 8 th February 2020 to 8th June 2020. Emergency Department notes and inpatient records along with laboratory and radiology records were reviewed. Results 220 paediatric inpatients were tested by PCR for SARS-CoV-2 during this period; 101 (45.9%) were female. Ninety-five (43.2%) were diagnosed with ‘viral illnesses’. Seven (3.2%) had laboratory confirmed SARS-CoV-2, with an average age of 8.1 years (range: 0.59 years to 13.77 years). There were two Kawasaki-like illnesses admitted; both tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 on PCR. In our SARS-CoV-2 positive cohort, there was no associated significant morbidity and no associated mortality. Conclusion During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, prevalence of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic hospitalised children was low at 3.2% en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organization en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Medical Journal;114 (5), pp. 355
dc.subject Covid-19 en_US
dc.title Low prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 detected in symptomatic children admitted to hospital en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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