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Covid-19: UK studies find gastrointestinal symptoms are common in children

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3484 (Published 07 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3484

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  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in children infected with SARS-CoV-2 and should trigger tests for the virus, researchers have said.

A prospective study of 992 healthy children (median age 10.1 years) of healthcare workers from across the UK found that 68 (6.9%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.1 Half of the children testing positive reported no symptoms, but for those that did the commonest were fever (21 of 68, 31%); gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhoea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps (13 of 68, 19%); and headache (12 of 68, 18%).

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