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Epidemiology and prevention strategies of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pediatric hematology and oncology centers in Poland

Jan Styczyński, Walentyna Balwierz, Jacek Wachowiak, Krzysztof Kałwak, Bernarda Kazanowska, Wojciech Młynarski, Bożenna Dembowska-Bagińska, Michał Matysiak, Maryna Krawczuk-Rybak, Elżbieta Adamkiewicz-Drożyńska, Jerzy Kowalczyk, Anna Raciborska, Tomasz Urasiński, Jarosław Peregud-Pogorzelski, Radosław Chaber, Wanda Badowska, Grażyna Karolczyk, Agnieszka Mizia-Malarz, Katarzyna Machnik, Jolanta Goździk, Mariusz Wysocki, Tomasz Szczepański
DOI: 10.2478/ahp-2020-0043
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Acta Haematol Pol 2020;51(4):253-257.

open access

Vol 51, No 4 (2020)
Untitled
Published online: 2020-12-01
Submitted: 2020-08-15

Abstract

Introduction

Epidemiological analysis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections in pediatric hematology and oncology (PHO) and hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) centers in a Polish nationwide study, as well as analysis of the preventive strategies in these centers.

Methods

All of the 18 PHO/HCT centers participated in eight surveys and questionnaires conducted over the first 5 months of the SARS-CoV-2/coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Poland. Epidemiological data were collected at eight regular time points, and the strategy of preventive management was done once after 4 months of the pandemic.

Results

During this analyzed period, eight patients were positive for SARS-CoV-2. The estimated incidence of SARS-CoV-2 positivity in Polish PHO/HCT centers was 0.5%. After exclusion of HCT patients (with one patient being infected), the estimated incidence of SARSCoV-2 positivity was between 0.5 and 0.6%. In all but one case, the course of COVID-19 was asymptomatic or mild, and it was moderate in one case. None of them developed SARS or respiratory insufficiency, none of them required treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU), and no patient died due to SARS-CoV-2 infection. As of July 1, parents staying in the hospital together with their children were regularly tested for the virus in 13 centers. Asymptomatic healthcare personnel were regularly tested for the virus in seven centers.

Conclusions

The estimated incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among PHO/HCT patients is lower than in Western Europe; however, these patients cannot be regarded as a low-risk group. The low COVID-19 incidence should be interpreted as a result of strictly and continuously implemented detailed preventive measures in the PHO/HCT wards and in hospitals.

Abstract

Introduction

Epidemiological analysis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections in pediatric hematology and oncology (PHO) and hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) centers in a Polish nationwide study, as well as analysis of the preventive strategies in these centers.

Methods

All of the 18 PHO/HCT centers participated in eight surveys and questionnaires conducted over the first 5 months of the SARS-CoV-2/coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Poland. Epidemiological data were collected at eight regular time points, and the strategy of preventive management was done once after 4 months of the pandemic.

Results

During this analyzed period, eight patients were positive for SARS-CoV-2. The estimated incidence of SARS-CoV-2 positivity in Polish PHO/HCT centers was 0.5%. After exclusion of HCT patients (with one patient being infected), the estimated incidence of SARSCoV-2 positivity was between 0.5 and 0.6%. In all but one case, the course of COVID-19 was asymptomatic or mild, and it was moderate in one case. None of them developed SARS or respiratory insufficiency, none of them required treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU), and no patient died due to SARS-CoV-2 infection. As of July 1, parents staying in the hospital together with their children were regularly tested for the virus in 13 centers. Asymptomatic healthcare personnel were regularly tested for the virus in seven centers.

Conclusions

The estimated incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among PHO/HCT patients is lower than in Western Europe; however, these patients cannot be regarded as a low-risk group. The low COVID-19 incidence should be interpreted as a result of strictly and continuously implemented detailed preventive measures in the PHO/HCT wards and in hospitals.

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Keywords

pediatric oncology; children; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; epidemiology; outcome

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Title

Epidemiology and prevention strategies of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pediatric hematology and oncology centers in Poland

Journal

Acta Haematologica Polonica

Issue

Vol 51, No 4 (2020)

Pages

253-257

Published online

2020-12-01

DOI

10.2478/ahp-2020-0043

Bibliographic record

Acta Haematol Pol 2020;51(4):253-257.

Keywords

pediatric oncology
children
SARS-CoV-2
COVID-19
epidemiology
outcome

Authors

Jan Styczyński
Walentyna Balwierz
Jacek Wachowiak
Krzysztof Kałwak
Bernarda Kazanowska
Wojciech Młynarski
Bożenna Dembowska-Bagińska
Michał Matysiak
Maryna Krawczuk-Rybak
Elżbieta Adamkiewicz-Drożyńska
Jerzy Kowalczyk
Anna Raciborska
Tomasz Urasiński
Jarosław Peregud-Pogorzelski
Radosław Chaber
Wanda Badowska
Grażyna Karolczyk
Agnieszka Mizia-Malarz
Katarzyna Machnik
Jolanta Goździk
Mariusz Wysocki
Tomasz Szczepański

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