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    Research Letter
    June 4, 2020

    Incidence of COVID-19 in Pediatric Surgical Patients Among 3 US Children’s Hospitals

    Author Affiliations
    • 1The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • 2Seattle Children’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Seattle, Washington
    • 3Texas Children’s Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Houston
    • 4The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • 5University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
    JAMA Surg. 2020;155(8):775-777. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2588

    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, with more than 4.6 million confirmed cases worldwide as of May 19, 2020. Children appear less susceptible, with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that children constitute only 2.16% of confirmed cases.1 This may underestimate the true incidence of COVID-19 in children. Children are more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and thus less likely to be tested. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of COVID-19 in pediatric patients presenting for surgery at 3 tertiary care children’s hospitals across the United States.