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, J. Y., Englund, J. A., Staat, M. A., Weinberg, G. A., Selvarangan, R., Halasa, N. B., Williams, J. V., Boom, J. A., Sahni, L. C., Michaels, M. G., Stewart, L. S., Harrison, C. J., Szilagyi, P. G., McNeal, M. M., Klein, E. J., Strelitz, B., Lacombe, K., Schlaudecker, E., Moffatt, M., Schuster, J. E., Pahud, B. A., Weddle, G., Hickey, R. W., Avadhanula, V., Wikswo, M. E., Hall, A. J., Curns, A. T., Gerber, S. I., Langley, G. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infections in Children: Multicenter Surveillance, United States, January-March 2020. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc 9, 609-612 (2020).