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Long COVID-19 is rarely diagnosed in children: nationwide register-based analysis
  1. Ilari Kuitunen1,2
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Mikkeli Central Hospital, Mikkeli, Finland
  2. 2Institute of Clinical Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, University of Eastern Finland School of Medicine, Kuopio, Finland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ilari Kuitunen, Mikkeli Central Hospital, Mikkeli, Finland; ilari.kuitunen{at}uef.fi

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Long COVID-19 has been a hot topic in recent phases of the pandemic. Findings regarding the risk of long COVID-19 in children have been varying.1 2 First reports of children having long COVID-19 symptoms were published in fall 2020.3 International classification of diseases version 10 ICD-10 diagnostic code for long COVID-19 was introduced and adapted to electronic healthcare software in December 2020 in Finland. Currently, nationwide estimate of diagnosed long COVID-19 cases is lacking, and therefore, the aim of this letter is to describe the rates of diagnosed long COVID-19 cases in Finnish children.

This current study uses nationwide Care register for primary healthcare, which covers over 90% of the Finnish primary care facilities. Finland has universal …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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