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PEDIATRIC COVID-19 LOCAL EXPERIENCE AND WHY IT IS MILDER THAN IN ADULTS?
  • Katia El Taoum,
  • Salman Mroueh
Katia El Taoum
AUB
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Salman Mroueh
AUB
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Abstract

Introduction: The new SARS-CoV2 pandemic is not equally affecting all ages. Children are showing milder symptoms across the globe. We reviewed the incidence and the severity in the pediatric populations of several Middle Eastern countries. Materials and Methods: We contacted the Lebanese Ministry of Health and colleagues in different countries of the region for information about their local cases, we reviewed updated information from the CDC and searched Pubmed for publications related to COVID-19 in pediatric patients till the end of April 2020. Results: Different countries had different number of affected children and different percentage of pediatric versus adult cases confirmed to be tested positive. Qatar showed the highest number of total cases but had one of the lowest percentage of pediatric infection versus adults. Conclusion: Our local experience was similar to other affected countries worldwide with children less than 18 years old showing milder symptoms and are less affected than adults.