Death rate is 4% in kids in ICU with COVID-19

A case series suggests the virus' clinical course is less severe and hospital outcomes are better in critically ill children compared with adults

A case series of children with COVID-19 suggests the clinical course is typically less severe and the hospital outcomes better in critically ill children than in adults.

The US researchers describe the characteristics and clinical course of 48 children with coronavirus admitted to pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) between 14 March and 3 April with follow-up to 10 April.

At the end of follow-up, 15 children (31%) remained hospitalised, three remained on ventilatory support, one was receiving extracorporeal membrane