This cohort study of US children with COVID-19 or seasonal flu found no difference in hospitalization rates, ICU admission rates, or mechanical ventilator use between the two groups. More COVID-19 patients reported clinical symptoms at the time of diagnosis.
The study included 315 children with COVID-19 (median age 8.3 years) and 1,402 with seasonal flu (median age 3.9 years) diagnosed between October 1, 2019, and June 6, 2020, at Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC.
Both groups had similar:
More children hospitalized with COVID-19 than seasonal flu reported:
Differences between children with COVID-19 and seasonal flu who reported cough (48% vs 31%) and shortness of breath (30% vs 20%) were not statistically significant.
Findings from the study may inform the prompt identification and treatment of children with a respiratory viral infection, the authors say.Read More >>