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COVID-19 is not a driver of clinically significant viral wheeze and asthma
  1. Damian Roland1,2,
  2. Kah Wee Teo3,
  3. Srini Bandi4,
  4. David Lo5,
  5. Erol A Gaillard6
  1. 1Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  2. 2SAPPHIRE Group, Health Sciences, Leicester University, Leicester, United Kingdom
  3. 3Children's Respiratory Department, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  4. 4Department of Paediatrics, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  5. 5Department of Respiratory Sciences, Leicester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (Respiratory theme), University of Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK
  6. 6Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Damian Roland, Children's Emergency Department, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; dr98{at}

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At the start of the school year, there is an influx of children with attacks of viral wheeze and asthma who present to children’s emergency departments. In the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in extensive school lockdowns and the implementation of social distancing measures within schools. We aimed to determine the extent that SARS-CoV-2 has been identified in children admitted to hospital with viral wheeze and/or asthma at the start of the 2020 school year and compare presentation trends to previous years. Leicester was the first city in the UK to …

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