J Pediatr Infect Dis 2021; 16(02): 057-061
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1722284
Original Article

COVID-19 in Egyptian Children: A Multicenter Study

1  Department of Hepatogastroenterology and Infectious Diseases, National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
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2  Department of Hepatogastroenterology and Infectious Diseases, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
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Hossam Hosny
3  Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
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4  Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
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Akram Abdelbary
5  Department of Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
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Ahmad Said
5  Department of Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
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6  Division of Tropical Medicine Medical Research, National Research Centre, Giza, Egypt
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7  Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
8  Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt
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Hamdy Ibrahim
1  Department of Hepatogastroenterology and Infectious Diseases, National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
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Alaa Eid
8  Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt
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Wagdy Amin
8  Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt
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9  Tropical Medicine and Gastroenterology Department, Aswan University, Aswan, Egypt
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Abdelmajeed Mossa
9  Tropical Medicine and Gastroenterology Department, Aswan University, Aswan, Egypt
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10  Hepatogastroenterology and Infectious Diseases Department, Al-Azhar University, Damietta, Egypt
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Shazly Baghdady
11  Department of Chest, Faculty of Medicine, Aswan University, Aswan, Egypt
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Marwa Tahoon
12  Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, National Liver Institute, Menoufia University, Menofia Governorate, Egypt
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1  Department of Hepatogastroenterology and Infectious Diseases, National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
8  Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt
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Hala Zaid
8  Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Objective The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has made its worldwide spread since its outbreak in December 2019. Limited information is available about the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of COVID-19, especially in Africa and Egypt.

Methods We aimed to study the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 in Egyptian children. This is an observational retrospective cohort study performed at two specialized COVID-19 isolation hospitals in Egypt. All admitted COVID-19 pediatric patients between March 20, 2020, and May 1, 2020, were included in the study.

Discussion This study included 40 COVID-19 confirmed cases (mean age, 9.4 years), 67.5% were male, 85% were asymptomatic, and 15% had mild symptoms. There were no confirmed severe or critically ill cases among the patients.

Conclusion COVID-19 runs in a benign course in Egyptian children with no mortality and no significant morbidity.



Publication History

Received: 11 July 2020

Accepted: 29 November 2020

Publication Date:
01 February 2021 (online)

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