Winnipeg researcher studying effects of COVID-19 in children around the world

Research out of Winnipeg is on the front lines in the race to figure out how at risk children are to COVID-19.

Dr. Terry Klassen, president and CEO at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), is co-leading a new global study looking to improve how children with COVID-19 are diagnosed and treated.

“So we need to be prepared, we need to recognize it early and we really need to make sure that they get the best care possible.”

Led by Dr. Stephen Freedman, a Calgary-based pediatric emergency doctor and clinician scientist, the study will collect data from some 12,500 pediatric patients with respiratory concerns.

Researchers will look at children’s symptoms and their potential exposure to the virus and follow their medical experiences, with records collected of their lab tests, x-rays, treatment, and ultimate outcomes.

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International collaboration

The information will be gathered from 50 different emergency rooms in 19 countries around the world, Klassen told Global News Morning Winnipeg.

“We need to study it collectively to get enough numbers so that we can have accurate information as to who will really get sick,” he explained.

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