DOI: 10.1093/jpids/piaa075; PMCID: PMC7337823
Previous reports of coronavirus disease 2019 among children in the United States have been based on health jurisdiction reporting. We performed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) testing on children enrolled in active, prospective, multicenter surveillance during January-March 2020. Among 3187 children, only 4 (0.1%) SARS-CoV-2-positive cases were identified March 20-31 despite evidence of rising community circulation.
J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc
Adolescent; Betacoronavirus; Child; Child, Preschool; Clinical Laboratory Techniques; Coronavirus Infections; Female; Humans; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Male; Pandemics; Pneumonia, Viral; Public Health Surveillance; Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction; United States
COVID-19; acute respiratory illness; pediatrics; public health surveillance
Rha B, Lively JY, Englund JA, et al. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infections in Children: Multicenter Surveillance, United States, January-March 2020. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020;9(5):609-612. doi:10.1093/jpids/piaa075