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Title: The characteristics of SARS-CoV-2-positive children who presented to Australian hospitals during 2020: a PREDICT network study
Authors: Ibrahim, Laila F
Tham, Doris
Chong, Vimuthi
Corden, Mark
Craig, Simon
Buntine, Paul
Jani, Shefali
Zhang, Michael
George, Shane 
Kochar, Amit
O'Brien, Sharon
Robins-Browne, Karen
Tosif, Shidan
Daley, Andrew
McNab, Sarah
Crawford, Nigel W
Wilson, Catherine
Babl, Franz E
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2021
Publisher: Wiley
Source: Ibrahim, L.F., Tham, D., Chong, V., Corden, M., Craig, S., Buntine, P., Jani, S., Zhang, M., George, S., Kochar, A., O’Brien, S., Robins-Browne, K., Tosif, S., Daley, A., McNab, S., Crawford, N.W., Wilson, C. and Babl, F.E. (2021), The characteristics of SARS-CoV-2-positive children who presented to Australian hospitals during 2020: a PREDICT network study. Med J Aust, 215: 217-221.
Journal: Medical Journal of Australia
Abstract: To examine the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2-positive children in Australia during 2020. Multicentre retrospective study in 16 hospitals of the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) network; eleven in Victoria, five in four other Australian states. Children aged 0-17 years who presented to hospital-based COVID-19 testing clinics, hospital wards, or emergency departments during 1 February - 30 September 2020 and who were positive for SARS-CoV-2. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of children positive for SARS-CoV-2. A total of 393 SARS-CoV-2-positive children (181 girls, 46%) presented to the participating hospitals (426 presentations, including 131 to emergency departments [31%]), the first on 3 February 2020. Thirty-three children presented more than once (8%), including two who were transferred to participating tertiary centres (0.5%). The median age of the children was 5.3 years (IQR, 1.9-12.0 years; range, 10 days to 17.9 years). Hospital admissions followed 51 of 426 presentations (12%; 44 children), including 17 patients who were managed remotely by hospital in the home. Only 16 of the 426 presentations led to hospital medical interventions (4%). Two children (0.5%) were diagnosed with the paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 (PIMS-TS). The clinical course for most SARS-CoV-2-positive children who presented to Australian hospitals was mild, and did not require medical intervention.
Keywords: Children;SARS-CoV-2
Type: Article
Appears in Sites:Gold Coast Health Publications

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