Does COVID-19 occur in children?

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Among 366 children ages 16 or younger hospitalized in early January in Wuhan, six had SARS-CoV-2 associated with moderate-severe respiratory illness. 


Liu, W. et al. Detection of COVID-19 in children in early January 2020 in Wuhan, China. New England Journal of Medicine (2020).  DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2003717

Date Published:

12 March 2020


The authors performed a retrospective analysis 366 patients aged 16 or lower hospitalized in Wuhan between January 7 to 15, 2020. In total, six patients aged between 1 to 7 years tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. All six had fevers and coughing; some also experienced vomiting and had lower than normal levels of white blood cells. One of these patients was admitted to the pediatric ICU. This report reveals that COVID-19 infection can occur in children and cause moderate-to-severe illness.

Summary by: Ghazal Haddad