Peek Behind the Paper – Danilo Buonsenso on pediatric Long Covid


In this ‘Peek Behind the Paper’ feature, we take a look behind the scenes of a recent Review from the journal Future Microbiology, titled ‘Long-term outcomes of pediatric infections: from traditional infectious diseases to Long Covid‘.

Here, Atiya Henry, Commissioning Editor for Future Microbiology at Future Science Group (London, UK), discusses recent evidence on pediatric Long Covid and lessons learnt from a pediatric post-Covid unit with the lead author of the Review, Danilo Buonsenso (Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A Gemelli IRCCS; Rome, Italy).

What inspired you to write this piece?

There is increasing, emerging evidence that children can be affected by long term SARS-CoV-2 sequelae and post-Covid condition, with possible implication also in terms of socializing and education. While Long Covid has been widely described in adults, its burden and characterization is less defined in the pediatric population. Given the concerns raised by parents and physicians in relation to the potential long-term consequences of this novel infection, there is a need for a better understanding of this condition, recognizing that post-infectious disease is not a new phenomenon.

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The opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the views of Infectious Diseases Hub or Future Science Group.


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