Management of chronic pulmonary disease in the time of coronavirus disease 2019

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Purpose of review The purpose of this review is to discuss the most recent data describing the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the pediatric population with chronic pulmonary disease. We specifically focus on children with asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lung transplant recipients. Recent findings Children with asthma, CF, and lung transplant recipients do not appear to have an increased risk of morbidity or mortality with COVID-19 infection compared to the general pediatric population. Data does not support the change or withdrawal of any asthma or CF maintenance medications; however, does advocate for the cessation of aerosolized medications whenever possible to minimize transmission risk. It may not be necessary to adjust immunosuppressive therapy when managing COVID-19 in pediatric lung transplant patients. Mechanisms of infection in airway epithelial cells in children may differ from adults, resulting in a milder phenotype. Summary Current data about pediatric patients with chronic lung disease infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is promising but remains scarce. Additional study is needed to definitively understand the complex interplay of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the airway of children with chronic lung disease, how it differs from adults, and how best to manage the symptoms of acute infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-301
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent opinion in pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2 2021


  • Asthma
  • Coronavirus disease 2019
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung transplant
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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