Special Issue "Long COVID or Post-COVID-19 Syndrome in Children: What Do We Know So Far?"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2023 | Viewed by 1343

Special Issue Editors

Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, LKH Hochsteiermark, 8700 Leoben, Austria
Interests: pediatrics; post-COVID-19 syndrome; children health; prevention; sleep medicine
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Klinik Ottakring, 1160 Vienna, Austria
Interests: pediatrics; pulmonology; allergology; post-COVID-19 syndrome

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Post-COVID and Long COVID are entities that are not well defined in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Altogether, prevalence as well as presentation seem to differ from what is found in adults.

See https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35994282/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36194229/

In recent months, numerous publications have dealt with this issue, however terminology still remains heterogenous and study results are controversial. Prospective large-scale studies and meta-analyses are still missing, thus leaving space for individual opinions and speculations.

A Special Issue of “Children” entitled

Post-COVID and Long COVID in children – what do we know so far?

should shed more light on this issue.

As guest editors, we invite you to submit your research work. Prospective controlled (large-scale) studies are preferred, but other contributions (e.g., case series) will be also considered according to their novelty.

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kerbl
Prof. Dr. Angela S. Zacharasiewicz
Guest Editors

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  • post-COVID
  • long COVID
  • children and adolescents
  • terminology
  • incidence
  • risk factors
  • chronic fatigue
  • psychosomatics

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Risk Factors for Persistent Anosmia and Dysgeusia in Children with SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Retrospective Study
Children 2023, 10(3), 597; https://doi.org/10.3390/children10030597 - 21 Mar 2023
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Background: Olfactory and gustative dysfunctions are two of the most common post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children, which can have a negative impact on the routines of children and families. As several children have had COVID-19 since the Omicron variant, it is [...] Read more.
Background: Olfactory and gustative dysfunctions are two of the most common post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children, which can have a negative impact on the routines of children and families. As several children have had COVID-19 since the Omicron variant, it is important to investigate if this increase in infections is reflected in higher olfactory/taste disfunctions. The primary aim of this study was to characterize the presence of olfactory/gustative problems in a cohort of children, its evolution, and its association with risk factors such as COVID-19 variant, hospitalization, presence of olfactory/gustative dysfunction during the acute phase, and vaccination. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of children with microbiologically confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection evaluated in person at a referral pediatric post-COVID-19 clinic in Rome, Italy. We included children younger than 19 years old, evaluated from the beginning of the pandemic up to October 2022. At specific timepoints, we investigated the presence of olfactory/taste disfunctions and evaluated them according to the SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating at the time of infection. Results: A total of 1250 children (650 females; 52.0%) with a mean age of 6.77 (±4.12) years were included in the study. At 3, 6, 12, and 18 months, 12 (9.6%), 7 (5.6%), 2 (1.6%), and 1 (0.8%) of the children reported anosmia and dysgeusia post-COVID-19 infection, respectively. The presence of anosmia and dysgeusia during the acute phase of infection and being infected with a pre-Omicron variant were found to be significant risk factors for persistent olfactory and gustatory dysfunction during all follow-up periods. Conclusions: anosmia and dysgeusia symptoms tended to decrease gradually over time, but not all children recovered quickly. Full article
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