Kids and COVID: the PERN study

It’s time for another COVID-19 update! This time from PERN, the international Pediatric Emergency Research Network. Dr. Nate Kuppermann joins us to talk about a recently published study on kids with COVID. This multinational, prospective study looked at a large cohort of children who presented to EDs with COVID concerns. We discuss the findings, which kids we can feel good about discharging, and which ones might benefit from admission. Julia and Sarah also share their own personal experiences with COVID.

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Nate Kuppermann, Pediatric Emergency Physician and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis; Founding Member of the Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN)


Funk AL, Florin TA, Kuppermann N et Al; Pediatric Emergency Research Network-COVID-19 Study Team. Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2-Positive Youths Tested in Emergency Departments: The Global PERN-COVID-19 Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jan 4;5(1):e2142322. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.42322. PMID: 35015063.


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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