Most kids with coronavirus do not develop fever, study finds
May 14, 2021 at 15:41
More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, most are well aware that the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection often include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
But the same may not be true for one group of people: children.
A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports this week found that most children who contract the virus do not develop fever.
The study, published Thursday, found that the vast majority — about 81% — of the more than 12,000 children with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infections who were a part of the study did not develop fever.
Meanwhile, nearly 75% of the children "did not have any of the typical COVID-19 symptoms" such as cough or shortness of breath," the researchers added.
The researchers used data from electronic medical records of 33 health care organizations across the country.
All patients analyzed were under the age of 18 and were diagnosed with COVID-19 between April 1 — Oct. 31, 2020.
The researchers found that only 16.5% of children studied developed respiratory problems, despite the fact COVID-19 is considered a respiratory disease.
For context, more than 33 million Americans have been infected by the novel disease in the past year.
Routine screening tools and procedures such as daily temperature checks in school may be less effective," the researchers concluded.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE"Our study findings may guide the resource utilization and mitigation efforts by local and federal health authorities, especially in areas with high COVID-19 incidence and prevalence.
"Implementation of these strategies may need to be enhanced among children from racial/ethnic minorities to curtail the existing COVID-19 related health disparities."