In the most comprehensive analysis to date of U.S. children tested and treated for COVID-19, an organization representing seven of the nation’s largest pediatric medical centers reports that some groups of children are faring significantly worse than children in general during the pandemic.
Findings from the PEDSnet organization — which includes Cincinnati Children’s — were published Nov. 23, 2020, in JAMA Pediatrics. The report is based on electronic medical records data from more than 135,000 children who have been tested for infections from the SARS-CoV-2 virus from Jan. 1 through Sept. 8, 2020.
“These findings are important because they improve our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 in the pediatric population,” says Nathan Pajor, MD, a pulmonary medicine specialist at Cincinnati Children’s and a co-author of the study. “We see that relative to adults, kids are less likely to have severe disease or to die from COVID-19. However, we