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In this study, researchers looked at cases of COVID-19 in pediatric patients in Geneva, Switzerland. Pediatric patients typically had milder symptoms or atypical presentations of COVID-19, and some patients remained asymptomatic. In the majority of pediatric cases (79%), there was a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in the home prior to the child developing symptoms. The most common household exposure was to a parent.
This study characterizes the high rate of household contact exposure with COVID-19 and describes familial clusters of infection that are most commonly the transmission mode for pediatric patients.
– Andrea Dotson, MD, MSPH
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Since the onset of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, children have been less affected than adults in terms of severity and frequency, accounting for <2% of the cases. Unlike with other viral respiratory infections, children do not seem to be a major vector of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission, with most pediatric cases described inside familial clusters and no documentation of child-to-child or child-to-adult transmission. The aim of this work was to describe the clinical presentation of the first 40 pediatric cases of COVID-19 in our city and the dynamics of their familial clusters.