How is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) characterized in children?

Updated: Oct 10, 2021
  • Author: Ayesha Mirza, MD; Chief Editor: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS  more...
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In the United States and throughout the world, fewer cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children than in adults. Whereas children comprise 22% of the US population, 8.7% of all cases of COVID-19 reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were among children (as of October 7, 2020). [1]  Most cases in children are mild, and treatment consists of supportive care.

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