Review: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): What do we know about children? A systematic review

A systematic review on pediatric COVID-19 finds that children appear to be less affected by infection with SARS-CoV-2 compared to adults. 

  • 24 studies were found that focused on literature related to SARS-CoV- in pediatric populations, 16 of which were pre-prints or reports with uncertain peer-review status
  • Review only updated until March 9, 2020, with most data coming from China only
  • Only about 2% of reported cases in China were in children and adolescents, while this group makes up nearly 18% of the population
  • Most symptoms mild, with asymptomatic cases well documented. However, severe cases of infection did occur
  • At that time, no detailed studies of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from children were found


|2020-05-13T08:49:40-04:00May 12th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): What do we know about children? A systematic review

About the Author: Megan McHenry

Megan McHenry
Megan S. McHenry, MD, MS, FAAP is a pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. McHenry's research focuses on early childhood development in children living in resource-limited settings. This work is frequently aligned with community-engaged research and dissemination and implementation science frameworks. She primarily conducts research in collaboration with the Academic Model for Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Research Network in Kenya. Dr. McHenry currently has a career development award through the National Institutes of Health to develop a neurodevelopmental screening program for children born to HIV-infected mothers in Kenya. Dr. McHenry is also the Director of Pediatric Global Health Education and a co-Director of the Morris Green Physician-Scientist Development Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. In additional to global health lectures, she also educates residents and students on early childhood development, basic biostatistical techniques, research methodologies, and research ethics. She mentors multiple pediatric fellows, residents, and medical students interested in early childhood development within global contexts.

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