Impact Of Covid-19 On Children With Cystic Fibrosis: Study
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A new study published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis to specifically examine the response of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) to infection from Covid-19 has found that such children suffer ‘mild illness’. It assessed the outcomes of 105 children across 13 countries, ranging from infants through to teenagers.

The team found that over two-thirds of children with CF infected with Covid-19 managed their symptoms at home. Of the 24 admitted to the hospital, six needed extra oxygen and two needed non-invasive ventilation. Most children were treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics. A small number were given antiviral medications and none received experimental treatments for Covid-19.

Dr Malcolm Brodlie, co-author and Medical Research Council clinician-scientist and clinical senior lecturer, Newcastle University, said, “Our findings from our global study of 13 countries across the world reassuringly show that very few children were seriously unwell after developing Covid-19.

Moving forward, we hope it will enable them to live their lives in the most fulfilling way possible this is particularly important given the negative effects of isolation measures on quality of life, mental health, schooling and delivery of healthcare, he added.

Robbie Bain, co-author of the study said, “This global project helps shine a light on the outcomes of people with cystic fibrosis after having Covid-19, gathering much needed evidence, and helping people make informed choices based on the best available advice.”

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