As in adults, symptoms that are triggered by infection with SARS-CoV-2 and persist for more than four weeks are referred to as "Ongoing COVID-19" and symptoms lasting longer than at least three months are referred to as "Post-COVID-19 Syndrome". Both are grouped under the term "Long COVID," encompassing a variety of different entities and, by definition, are distinguished from symptoms of acute disease within the first four weeks ("acute COVID-19"). Currently, data on the frequency of occurrence of "Long COVID" in children is sparse. In addition, most data on SARS-CoV-2 infection in children are from hospitalized patients. Thus, the aim of this ongoing study is to survey the clinical expression, hospitalization frequency, and psychosocial consequences of SARS-CoV2 infection in children. We present the preliminary results for the 0-14 years old study participants:based on the data as of May 02, 2021.
CH. ZURL1,2, E. KANITZ3, D. SCHMID3, F. KÜFFEL3, S. MANDL3, L. ALSALIH3, E. EBER1, R. KERBL4, F. GÖTZINGER5, W. ZENZ1, V. STRENGER1 1UNIVERSITY HOSPITALFOR PEDIATRICS AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ 2UNIVERSITY HOSPITALFOR INTERNAL MEDICINE, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ 3AGENCYFOR HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY (AGES), INSTITUTE OF INFECTION EPIDEMIOLOGY & SURVEILLANCE 4LANDESKRANKENHAUSHOCHSTEIERMARK 5DEPARTMENT OFPEDIATRICS AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE, OTTAKRING CLINIC, VIENNA HEALTH ASSOCIATION