How does COVID affect children? More learned in UK

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are collecting data about children in England affected by COVID-19 to learn more about its impact and help plan services.

  • Figures are not all encompassing as reporting is not mandatory

  • Intensive care patients and newborns are being audited in separate studies

  • Inclusion criteria: any child admitted to hospital with a COVID-19 positive swab

Data so far:

  • 41 children have tested positive for COVID-19 so far within the study

  • Most children are age 3-4 years and presented with a fever (although this may reflect a bias that children with fever are more likely to be tested for COVID-19)

  • Around half of the children had no underlying medical conditions

  • Most children (79%) did not need any support with breathing (although this study will be bias by not including children who are in intensive care)


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. COVID-19 - service evaluation and audit on the care needs of children admitted to hospital (England). [Online] [Accessed 16.4.20]

Written by Dr Rachel Coles, paediatrics trainee, 16th March 2020.

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