HealthDay Reports: Preoperative COVID-19 Incidence <1 Percent in Pediatric Patients
Incidence of COVID-19 among children ranged from 0.22 to 2.65 percent at three U.S. children's hospitals.
TUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Among children undergoing preoperative screening, the overall incidence of COVID-19 is less than 1 percent, with considerable variation between regions, according to a research letter published online June 4 in JAMA Surgery.
Elaina E. Lin, M.D., from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues examined the incidence of COVID-19 in pediatric patients presenting for surgery at three U.S. children's hospitals that implemented universal preoperative screening. Data were included for 1,295 pediatric surgical patients (mean age, 7.35 years).
The researchers found that the incidence of COVID-19 was 0.93 percent overall. Across hospitals, the incidence differed significantly, varying from 0.22 to 2.65 percent.