Weather and the susceptibility of children to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is still a debated question and currently a hot topic, particularly in view of important decisions regarding opening schools. Therefore, we performed this prospective analysis of anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies in children with known household exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and compared their IgG status with the other adults exposed to the index case in the same household. A total of 30 families with a documented COVID-19 index case were included. A total of 44 out of 80 household contacts (55%) of index patients had anti SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies. In particular, 16/27 (59,3%) adult partners had IgG antibodies compared with 28/53 (52,3%) of pediatric contacts (p >.05). Among the pediatric population, children ≥5 years of age had a similar probability of having SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies (21/39, 53.8%) compared to those less than 5 years old (7/14, 50%) (p >.05). Adult partners and children also had a similar probability of having SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies. Interestingly, 10/28 (35.7%) of children and 5/27 (18.5%) of adults with SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies were previously diagnosed as COVID-19 cases. Our study shows evidence of a high rate of IgG antibodies in children exposed to SARS-CoV-2. This report has public health implications, highlighting the need to establish appropriate guidelines for school openings and other social activities related to childhood.
Lingua originaleEnglish
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RivistaPediatric Pulmonology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • children
  • household
  • seroprevalence


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