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Outbreak of anorexia nervosa admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Yasheer Venay Haripersad1,
  2. Madeleine Kannegiesser-Bailey1,
  3. Katinka Morton1,
  4. Sarah Skeldon1,
  5. Nicolene Shipton1,
  6. Kara Edwards1,
  7. Rachel Newton1,
  8. Amanda Newell1,
  9. Paul Geoffrey Stevenson2,
  10. Andrew C Martin3
  1. 1 Perth Children's Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2 Biometrics, Telethon Kids Institute, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  3. 3 Department of General Paediatrics, Perth Children's Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yasheer Venay Haripersad, Perth Children's Hospital, Nedlands, WA 6909, Australia; Yasheer.Haripersad{at}health.wa.gov.au

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had broad social implications for children around the world. While the initial government response has focused on public health strategies to contain the spread of the virus and the creation of sufficient capacity within hospitals to manage patients with acute medical complications, it was recognised that the social, economic and mental health consequences of COVID-19 would follow. In Western Australia (WA), we have had relatively few COVID-19 cases in the general population and even fewer in children. Similar to paediatric hospitals internationally,1 our emergency department presentations and overall hospital admissions have fallen significantly in 2020 (figure 1). However, since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, we have observed a 104% increase (95% CI +56% to +166%, p<0.001) in children with anorexia nervosa (AN) requiring …

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