Journal article

COVID-19 public health measures and respiratory viruses in children in Melbourne

Yara-Natalie Abo, Vanessa Clifford, Lai-Yang Lee, Anna-Maria Costa, Nigel Crawford, Danielle Wurzel, Andrew J Daley

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

AIM: To describe the epidemiology of respiratory viruses in children before and during the 2020 SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the relationship to public health measures instituted by the Victorian government. METHODS: Retrospective audit of respiratory viruses at a tertiary paediatric hospital in Melbourne from January 2015 up to week 47, 2020 in children under 18 years of age. The proportion of positive cases in weeks 1-47 in 2015-2019 (period 1) were compared to weeks 1-47, 2020 (period 2), and reviewed in the context of public health restrictions in Victoria. RESULTS: An annual average of 4636 tests were performed in period 1 compared to 3659 tests in period 2. Proportions of positive influenza..

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