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Feature Christmas 2020: House of God

To each child their own coronavirus

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 16 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4578
  1. Laetitia Martinerie, associate professor of medicine1 2,
  2. Delphine Bernoux, doctor of medicine3,
  3. Lisa Giovannini-Chami, professor of medicine4 5,
  4. Alexandre Fabre, professor of medicine3 6
  1. 1Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology Department, Robert Debré Hospital, APHP, Paris, France
  2. 2Université de Paris, Paris, France
  3. 3Pediatric Multidisciplinary Department, Timone Enfant Hospital, APHM, Marseille, France
  4. 4Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology Department, Hôpitaux pédiatriques de Nice CHU-Lenval, Nice, France
  5. 5Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
  6. 6Aix Marseille Université, INSERM, GMGF, Marseille, France
  1. Correspondence to: A Fabre

In the ancient Indian parable of the blind men and an elephant, the shape of the animal is appreciated differently by six blind men who conceptualise it only by touching part of its body.1 In a similar way, children may conceptualise severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in their own unique ways.

Although SARS-CoV-2 infection is less severe in children2 (rare instances of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children notwithstanding34), young people have nonetheless been at the forefront of policy makers’ concerns.

This year …

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