COVID-19 in children
COVID-19 disease is of mild severity in most children. The common symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, diarrhea, and vomiting. Prompt testing of suspect cases with rapid antigen test and/or reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction in nasopharyngeal swabs is recommended. The routine use of computed tomography (CT) scan should be discouraged. For children with mild disease, only symptomatic therapy is required. Red flag signs include persistent high fever, breathlessness, drowsiness, and hypoxia. For children with moderate/severe disease, oxygen, steroids, and anticoagulation are standard of care. Vaccination of children against COVID-19 is not a priority at this time. The indirect effects of COVID-19 vastly outnumber the direct effects.