16 December 2020 – Children with cystic fibrosis suffer mild illness from Covid-19
A new study led by researchers at Newcastle University has revealed that children with cystic fibrosis who do not have pre-existing severe lung damage have mild or asymptomatic illness when infected with COVID-19.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.
The new research, published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, showed that over two thirds of children with cystic fibrosis infected with COVID-19 managed their symptoms at home. Of the 24 admitted to hospital, six needed extra oxygen and only two needed non-invasive ventilation, providing much reassurance to parents.
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