COVID-19 and Kids: What we know and don’t know

Last modified by Paula Robeson on 2020/05/22 23:13

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in early March 2020, epidemiologists and others have been sharing data on its prevalence and impacts. There is less data on children and COVID-19, compared with what is known about the adult population. Compared to adults, children appear to be less likely to be infected and experience a milder course of the illness when they do contract the virus. That said, some children can become quite ill with the disease, including new syndromes that may be linked with COVID-19 infection.

This webinar will provide an update on what is known about COVID-19 and children. It will also clarify what we do not yet know, an important consideration especially in light of the spread of much misinformation through social media and other channels. Healthcare providers, policy makers and families require accurate up-to-date information to make decisions to reduce risks to children, healthcare providers, and the public.

Srinivas-Murthy-400x320-1-360x288.jpg Srinivas Murthy, MD, is an Investigator with BC Children's Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. His research focuses upon stemming the burden through optimizing their management in a variety of settings. Srinivas serves as Co-Chair of the WHO’s clinical research theme, responsible for refining and implementing a number of priorities related to clinical management of the outbreak. He is leading a national study of hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19 to determine effective treatment practices. Srinivas is also co-investigator on a number of other projects led by researchers across Canada who also received CIHR funding to study COVID-19.

Le Saux May 2020png.pngNicole Le Saux, MD, is a Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is a clinician in both adult and pediatric infectious diseases in Ottawa and Kingston. She holds a Royal College Fellowships in Internal medicine, Infectious diseases and Anatomic Pathology. Related to antimicrobial stewardship, she has written Canadian guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of otitis media and pneumonia, and osteomyelitis, as well as general antimicrobial use guidelines in pediatrics. She is the current Chair of Canadian Pediatric Society Infectious Disease and Immunization committee and current Chair of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship group of AMMI Canada in addition to a medical director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at CHEO. Research interests include antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases through IMPACT. 

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Created by Paula Robeson on 2020/05/08 18:45