COVID-19 vs. Influenza in Children

Bernice D. Mowery, PhD, RN


Pediatr Nurs. 2021;47(1):47,51 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


As more children restart in-person school, and COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, the possibility of overlapping epidemics of influenza and COVID-19 is a concern. In this column, two articles that compare COVID-19 and influenza are reviewed. Both articles are retrospective cohort studies that needed larger samples but conclude both COVID-19 and influenza can be deadly to children, so specific preventive and treatment measures are needed. As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 195 children died of influenza in 2019–2020 (CDC, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, 2021), and 257 children died of COVID-19 as of January 21, 2021 (CDC, 2021).