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Kids With Cancer Not at Greater Risk for Severe COVID-19

News Picture: Kids With Cancer Not at Greater Risk for Severe COVID-19

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Kids with cancer never have a better possibility of being influenced by COVID-19 or of possessing critical signs and symptoms, a new analyze finds.

“We are encouraged by these most current results that little ones with cancer are not extra endangered by COVID-19 and their signs and symptoms are gentle like in nutritious children,” reported analyze leader Dr. Andrew Kung, chair of the pediatric cancer system MSK Children at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Middle in New York Metropolis.

“These results permit us to continue lifesaving cancer-directed remedy with typical safety measures and safeguards but without heightened problem about adverse results from COVID-19 an infection,” Kung reported in a Sloan Kettering information launch.

His staff analyzed 178 child cancer people and their parents/caregivers for COVID-19. The scientists uncovered that 29.three% of the children with signs and symptoms were being optimistic, in contrast with two.five% of those without signs and symptoms. Of the 20 children who analyzed optimistic for COVID-19, only 3 were being ladies.

Only a single child with COVID-19 necessary non-essential treatment hospitalization for their signs and symptoms. All the other people had gentle ailment signs and symptoms and were being managed at property.

Of the seventy four parents/caregivers analyzed, 13 were being optimistic for COVID-19, which includes fourteen.7% of those without signs and symptoms.

Only 50 % of the 10 childhood cancer people whose parents/caregivers had COVID-19 also had COVID-19, which implies low possibility of an infection in the children regardless of persons near to them possessing COVID-19, the scientists reported.

While they pointed out that there was only a little quantity in the analyze, the results display that the over-all morbidity of COVID-19 illness in pediatric cancer people is low, with only five% demanding hospitalization for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 an infection, the scientists reported. They also pointed out the fee of COVID-19 an infection amid asymptomatic pediatric people is quite low.

The analyze was published May 13 in the journal JAMA Oncology.

— Robert Preidt

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Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Middle, information launch, May 11, 2020