Acta Scientific Paediatrics (ISSN: 2581-883X)

Editorial Volume 3 Issue 11

COVID in Pediatrics and its impact in Venezuela

Huníades Urbina-Medina*

President of Venezuelan Pediatric and Child Care Society, Pediatrician - Pediatriac Intensive Care Specialist, Hospital de Niños JM de los Ríos, Venezuela

*Corresponding Author: Huníades Urbina-Medina, President of Venezuelan Pediatric and Child Care Society, Pediatrician - Pediatriac Intensive Care Specialist, Hospital de Niños JM de los Ríos, Venezuela.

Received: September 28, 2020; Published: September 30, 2020


  The first studies published with pediatric cases from China corroborate the impression that children are not as seriously affected as some adult patients, At the same time, children with comorbidities are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-21.2 infection. The reason why most COVID-19 cases in children are less severe than adults is puzzling. This can be related to both exposure and host factors. Children are generally at home and may have relatively fewer opportunities to be exposed to the pathogen and/or sick patients. New and unusual clinical presentations are becoming evident, such as multisystemic inflammatory syndrome in children, where the clinical picture may resemble Kawasaki disease and/or toxic shock. The child, being asymptomatic or having non-specific signs or symptoms, is an entity that facilitates person-to-person contagion. In addition, prevention measures such as the use of masks cannot be applied, especially in children under 1 year of age, plus the fact they can eliminate the virus through the fecal route up to 2 weeks after its presence in the respiratory tract has become negative, which makes the child, especially the infant, a propagator of the disease. Venezuelan situation and specially that of children in general, is much more worrying since, the collapse in health and economics that Venezuela has been through even before the pandemic, social inequalities, the difficulty accessing to health system, the restriction of mobility and scarcity of fuel, limits the diminished population vaccination program, the closure of schools that affects children and especially girls.



Citation: Huníades Urbina-Medina. “COVID in Pediatrics and its impact in Venezuela". Acta Scientific Paediatrics 3.11 (2020): 01-94.


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