Since December 8, 2019, an epidemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread rapidly. As of February 6, 2020, China reported 31 211 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 637 fatalities.
Previous studies suggest that COVID-19 is more likely to infect older adult men, particularly those with chronic comorbidities.
Few infections in children have been reported. We identified all infected infants in China and described demographic, epidemiological, and clinical features.
Nine infected infants were identified between December 8, 2019, and February 6, 2020. All patients were hospitalized.
Seven patients were female. The youngest was aged 1 month and the oldest was 11 months. There were 2 patients from Beijing, 2 from Hainan, and 1 each from Guangdong, Anhui, Shanghai, Zhejiang, and Guizhou.
Four patients were reported to have fever, 2 had mild up-per respiratory tract symptoms, 1 had no symptoms but tested positive for COVID-19 in a designated screening because of exposure to infected family members, and 2 had no information on symptoms available.
The time between admission and diagnosis was 1 to 3 days.
SourceMin Wei, MD, Yu Liu, PhD, Tao Fu, PhD, et Al. Novel Coronavirus Infection in Hospitalized Infants Under 1 Year of Age in China JAMA Published online February 14, 2020 doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2131