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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 126-130

COVID-19: Considerations for children and adolescents with diabetes


Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Devi Dayal
Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, Department of Pediatrics, 3108, Level III, Advanced Pediatrics Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JOD.JOD_40_20

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Recent reports suggest that the clinical course of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in previously healthy children is usually milder as compared to adults. However, children with comorbid conditions such as diabetes are at increased risk of infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) as well as morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19. Experience in adults with diabetes shows that they are prone to faster metabolic decompensation, develop diabetes-related complications, and have a poor prognosis when hospitalized with COVID-19. Data on children are limited. The aim of this mini review was to discuss the possible risks to children and adolescents with diabetes during the current pandemic and the special considerations in management in those affected with COVID-19. The challenges for children who develop new-onset type 1 diabetes during the COVID-19 lockdown, especially in accessing health care, are also discussed.


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