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Less LRTI hospitalisations during Covid time might have increased unattended severe cases

Parents’ hesitation to admit their children in hospitals during the Covid pandemic may have caused development of more severe upper and lower respiratory tract infections (URTI, LRTI), acute bronchiolitis, and asthma during the two-year period, observes a recent study. Even as Covid precautions and a decline in viruses that cause acute bronchiolitis and asthma attacks led to a reduction in admissions to emergency departments (ED) in this patient group, medical the experts suspect that the fact that parents preferred not to admit their child in ED during this period may have paved the way for the development of more severe LRTIs. The research, by a team from Istanbul Medeniyet University Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, however established that there was a significant reduction in ED admission for acute bronchiolitis and asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers said that they analysed electronic medical records to find that there were 96,648 admissions in the pre-COVID period and it was just 15,848 during a comparable period during the pandemic.

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