US researchers have found no "statistically significant differences" in the rates of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and mechanical ventilator use between children with the coronavirus and those with the flu.
Among some 1,700 pediatric patients presenting with respiratory viral illness, there was no significant difference in children diagnosed with COVID-19 versus influenza A or B in the rate of hospitalization (17% vs 21%, P=0.15), intensive care unit admission (6% vs 7%, P=0.42), or use of mechanical ventilation (3% vs 2%, P=0.17), reported Xiaoyan Song, PhD, MSc, of Children's National Hospital, and colleagues, in JAMA Network Open.
Their findings were published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open.
"Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves were built to probe olfactory and gustatory scores in terms of their discrimination between COVID-19 and AC patients".More news: Man United ended Kai Havertz interest to focus on top transfer target
Schuyler said taking a flu shot is better than nothing. Late September or early October is around the time when we do it. "Some are having clinics to see their own patients, so people should look for those first". Of the patients who ended up in the ICU, vaccinated patients were spent, on average, about four days less than unvaccinated patients.
Among those who tested positive for influenza, 21 per cent were hospitalized, with seven per cent admitted to the ICU, and nearly two per cent receiving mechanical ventilator support. Getting a flu shot can help protect yourself and your community during flu season, local health officials said.
Both cohorts were 52% male, but children hospitalized with COVID-19 tended to be older than those hospitalized with influenza (median age 9.7 vs 4.2, P 0.001). Together, these groups account for 37 percent of the population.
Symptoms of flu usually come on suddenly and include one or all of the following, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fever or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone with flu will have a fever), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), vomiting and diarrhea (although this is more common in children than adults).More news: China passed 'extraordinary' virus test, says bullish Xi
The study noted that asymptomatic patients who tested positive for COVID-19 during the pre-procedural screening process were excluded from the study.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has given the green light to the kit that can simultaneously check for the Covid-19 virus and influenza infections. "The flu shot is going to help reduce your risk of severe disease and can also prevent hospitalization".
"We're learning new and valuable things about this virus each day, which in turn improves care".More news: COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend