Journal article

SARS-CoV-2 testing and outcomes in the first 30 days after the first case ofCOVID-19 at an Australian children's hospital

Laila F Ibrahim, Shidan Tosif, Sarah McNab, Samantha Hall, Hyun Jung Lee, Stuart Lewena, Andrew J Daley, Nigel W Crawford, Andrew C Steer, Penelope A Bryant, Franz E Babl

Emergency Medicine Australasia | Wiley | Published : 2020


Objective International studies describing COVID‐19 in children have shown low proportions of paediatric cases and generally a mild clinical course. We aimed to present early data on children tested for SARS‐CoV‐2 at a large Australian tertiary children's hospital according to the state health department guidelines, which varied over time. Methods We conducted a retrospective cohort study at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. It included all paediatric patients (aged 0–18 years) who presented to the ED or the Respiratory Infection Clinic (RIC) and were tested for SARS‐CoV‐2. The 30‐day study period commenced after the first confirmed positive case was detected at the hospi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge Katja Boysen, Misel Trajanovska, Kirsten Noakes, Luke Stephens, Ashley Hill and Amanda Williams for their contribution to the study. LFI was supported in part by a Melbourne Campus Clinician Scientist Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia. PAB was in part supported by a Melbourne Campus Clinician Scientist Fellowship, Melbourne, and an NHMRC Investigator grant, Canberra, Australia. FEB was in part funded by an RCH Foundation grant, Melbourne, Australia, and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, Canberra, Australia. SH was supported through funding from a Royal Children's Hospital Foundation grant.