Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 570-

COVID-19 and congenital heart disease: Stocking enough for the year


Sakshi Sachdeva, Mrigank Choubey, Sivasubramanian Ramakrishnan 
 Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sivasubramanian Ramakrishnan
Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India




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Sachdeva S, Choubey M, Ramakrishnan S. COVID-19 and congenital heart disease: Stocking enough for the year.Ann Pediatr Card 2021;14:570-570


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Authors echo the insights shed by Sasikumar[1] on the multicentric studies evaluating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric cardiac care and the outcome of COVID-positive children and grown-ups with congenital heart disease (CHD).[2],[3] As mentioned rightly, India lags far behind in the number of personnel involved with pediatric cardiac care.[4] Thus, the available figures of the impact of COVID on CHD may not be reflective of the actual figures. The second wave has been more dangerous with its impact being borne by the young adult population. The speculations that the third wave will be affecting pediatric population to a major extent has created fear in the minds of parents and policymakers alike with schools getting shut and OPDs getting closed. However, the impact of COVID-19 is more in terms of multisystem inflammatory syndrome and it needs to be assessed if the children with CHD are more prone to develop this immune-inflammatory complication as compared to their healthy peers. Given the sheer population size of our country, the data generated by doing further studies and looking closely into the details of the acute COVID and MISC in children will be unparalleled and the world can take insights from Indian data. As suggested, a follow-up study is warranted to assess the impact and unique behavioral changes that a self-reliant India of tomorrow can offer to the world.

References

1Sasikumar D. COVID-19 and pediatric cardiac care in India: Time to take stock. Ann Pediatr Card 2021;14:566-67.
2Choubey M, Ramakrishnan S, Sachdeva S, Mani K, Gangopadhyay D, Sivakumar K, et al. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric cardiac services in India. Ann Pediatr Cardiol 2021;14:260-8.
3Sachdeva S, Ramakrishnan S, Choubey M, Koneti NR, Mani K, Bakhru S, et al. Outcome of COVID-19-positive children with heart disease and grown-ups with congenital heart disease: A multicentric study from India. Ann Pediatr Cardiol 2021;14:269-77.
4Ramakrishnan S. Pediatric cardiology: Is India self-reliant? Ann Pediatr Cardiol 2021;14:253-9.