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Managing childhood allergies and immunodeficiencies during respiratory virus epidemics – The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic: A statement from the EAACI-section on pediatrics

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Helen A. Brough, Omer Kalayci, Anna Sediva, Eva Untersmayr, Daniel Munblit, Pablo Rodriguez del Rio, Marta Vazquez-Ortiz, Stefania Arasi, Montserrat Alvaro-Lozano, Sophia Tsabouri, Elena Galli, Burcin Beken, Philippe A. Eigenmann

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-448
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Allergy and Immunology
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Published1 Jul 2020

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Abstract

While the world is facing an unprecedented pandemic with COVID-19, patients with chronic diseases need special attention and if warranted adaptation of their regular treatment plan. In children, allergy and asthma are among the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases, and healthcare providers taking care of these patients need guidance. At the current stage of knowledge, children have less severe symptoms of COVID-19, and severe asthma and immunodeficiency are classified as risk factors. In addition, there is no evidence that currently available asthma and allergy treatments, including antihistamines, corticosteroids, and bronchodilators, increase the risk of severe disease from COVID-19. Most countries affected by COVID-19 have opted for nationwide confinement, which means that communication with the primary clinician is often performed by telemedicine. Optimal disease control of allergic, asthmatic, and immunodeficient children should be sought according to usual treatment guidelines. This statement of the EAACI Section on Pediatrics puts forward six recommendations for the management of childhood allergies and immunodeficiencies based on six underlying facts and existing evidence.

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