Please read Dr. Horton’s article in Respiratory Research titled, “Childhood asthma diagnoses declined during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.“
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused profound interruptions in healthcare access and delivery. Prior studies have documented declines in pediatric asthma exacerbations and asthma-related emergency department usage and hospitalization. Only one previous paper studied incident asthma diagnoses in children. However, this study from Japan included data only from selected facilities with complete electronic medical record data, identified patients based on a single asthma diagnosis, and did not evaluate incidence rates of diagnosis based on a known denominator. Given the unanswered questions about asthma diagnoses in children during the COVID-19 pandemic, we sought to determine whether there were pandemic-related declines in the incidence of new asthma diagnoses in children in the United States. To read the full article.
Childhood asthma diagnoses declined during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Horton DB, Neikirk AL, Yang Y, Huang C, Panettieri RA Jr, Crystal S, Strom BL, Parlett LE. Respir Res. 2023 Mar 10;24(1):72. PMID: 36899362 PMCID: PMC9999066 DOI: 10.1186/s12931-023-02377-7