What is it about?

The paper investigates whether mental health problems are increased post-COVID-19 infection in children and adolescents, compared to those without the infection.

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Why is it important?

In the meta-analysis, adolescents who had a COVID-19 infection were at a more than two times higher odds to have depression and anxiety, at one to three months post-infection, compared to adolescents who did not have the infection. It shows that we need to be wary of mental health symptoms in our children who had the infection, so that timely and appropriate support can be given.


I think the impact of COVID-19 infection to adolescents and children is currently underestimated and not addressed appropriately. With this article, I hope that a system would be in place to address mental health problems in adolescents in order to prevent a long lasting impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of our younger generation.

Nurulhuda Mat Hassan
University of Edinburgh

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence of mental health problems among children with long COVID: A systematic review and meta-analysis, PLoS ONE, May 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0282538.
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