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Children with Covid-19 in pediatric emergency departments in Italy.

Tags: , , , , , , , | May 5th, 2020

On February 20, 2020, the incidence of Covid-19 began to rapidly escalate in Italy. By March 25, Italy had the second highest number of Covid-19 infections worldwide and the greatest number of deaths. Children younger than 18 years of age who had Covid-19 composed only 1% of the total number of patients; 11% of these children were hospitalized, and none died. The Coronavirus Infection in Pediatric Emergency Departments (CONFIDENCE) study involved a cohort of 100 Italian children younger than 18 years of age with Covid-19 confirmed by reverse-transcriptase–polymerase-chain-reaction testing of nasal or nasopharyngeal swabs who were assessed between March 3 and March 27 in 17 pediatric emergency departments. Here, we describe the results of the CONFIDENCE study and compare them with those from three cohorts in previously published analyses.

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