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BACKGROUND: Children with cancer are not at increased risk of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection; however, adults with haematological malignancies have increased risk of severe infections compared with non-haematological malignancies. METHODS: We compared patients with haematological and non-haematological malignancies enrolled in the UK Paediatric Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project between 12 March 2020 and 16 February 2021. Children who received stem cell transplantation were excluded. RESULTS: Only 2/62 patients with haematological malignancy had severe/critical infections, with an OR of 0.5 for patients with haematological compared with non-haematological malignancies. INTERPRETATION: Children with haematological malignancies are at no greater risk of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection than those with non-haematological malignancies.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/archdischild-2021-322062

Type

Journal article

Journal

Arch Dis Child

Publication Date

02/2022

Volume

107

Pages

186 - 188

Keywords

COVID-19, data collection, epidemiology, Adolescent, COVID-19, Child, Child, Preschool, Cohort Studies, Female, Hematologic Neoplasms, Humans, Infant, Male, Risk Assessment, Risk Factors, SARS-CoV-2, Severity of Illness Index