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Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Children With Recurrent Wheeze and Asthma in the UK: Parents Views on Next Steps for Research

Submission: November 19, 2021; Published: December 01, 2021

ISSN : 2576-9200
Volume6 Issue2

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At the start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, children who developed covid-19 infection and had a long-term condition such as asthma were up to ten times more likely to require an intensive care admission [1]. Therefore, around 44,000 children with severe asthma [2], were advised to shield for 12 weeks in England. Before the pandemic, the United Kingdom (UK) had amongst the highest rates of childhood asthma deaths in Europe [3]. Children in the most deprived areas in England were two and a half times more likely to have an emergency admission for asthma [4]. We have yet to learn how the pandemic and health system disruptions have impacted children with recurrent wheeze and asthma. As we rebuild after the covid-19 pandemic, listening to parents’ and carers’ experiences of inequalities and gaps in care is invaluable to ensure we leave no child behind. We conducted stakeholder consultation with the Imperial College London Preschool-wheeze Parent Advisory Group. The group consists of 12 parents of children aged 1-5 years with wheeze or asthma in the UK. As well as peer-topeer support, they advise our researchers of experiences of caring for their child and areas for future research. Over four virtual sessions, our parent group discussed changes to children’s healthcare during the covid-19 pandemic.

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