TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Small children with cancer never have a bigger chance of remaining impacted by COVID-19 or of getting significant signs or symptoms, a new analyze finds.
“We are encouraged by these hottest findings that children with cancer are not more endangered by COVID-19 and their signs or symptoms are delicate like in healthy youngsters,” stated analyze chief Dr. Andrew Kung, chair of the pediatric cancer system MSK Children at Memorial Sloan Kettering Most cancers Heart in New York Town.
“These findings let us to continue lifesaving cancer-directed treatment with standard precautions and safeguards but devoid of heightened worry about adverse consequences from COVID-19 an infection,” Kung stated in a Sloan Kettering news release.
His group examined 178 baby cancer sufferers and their mom and dad/caregivers for COVID-19. The scientists found that 29.three% of the youngsters with signs or symptoms had been good, in comparison with two.5% of individuals devoid of signs or symptoms. Of the 20 youngsters who examined good for COVID-19, only three had been women.
Only a person baby with COVID-19 necessary non-significant treatment hospitalization for their signs or symptoms. All the other people experienced delicate ailment signs or symptoms and had been managed at residence.
Of the 74 mom and dad/caregivers examined, 13 had been good for COVID-19, including 14.7% of individuals devoid of signs or symptoms.
Only half of the ten childhood cancer sufferers whose mom and dad/caregivers experienced COVID-19 also experienced COVID-19, which indicates lower chance of an infection in the youngsters despite folks shut to them getting COVID-19, the scientists stated.
Although they pointed out that there was only a tiny quantity in the analyze, the findings clearly show that the in general morbidity of COVID-19 ailment in pediatric cancer sufferers is lower, with only 5% requiring hospitalization for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 an infection, the scientists stated. They also famous the level of COVID-19 an infection amongst asymptomatic pediatric sufferers is very lower.
The analyze was revealed May 13 in the journal JAMA Oncology.
— Robert Preidt
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Supply: Memorial Sloan Kettering Most cancers Heart, news release, May 11, 2020