Pediatric Respirology and Critical Care Medicine

: 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 41-

The last mile of COVID-19?

Yu-Tsun Su 
 Department of Pediatrics, E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Yu-Tsun Su
Department of Pediatrics, E-Da Hospital, School of Medicine for International Students, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung City

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Su YT. The last mile of COVID-19?.Pediatr Respirol Crit Care Med 2021;5:41-41

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Su YT. The last mile of COVID-19?. Pediatr Respirol Crit Care Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 10 ];5:41-41
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While the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering its final phase, there are still many regions of concern, including Southeast Asia. As the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron have gradually become the dominant strains in Europe and America, people cannot think that the pandemic will end soon.

There are three excellent articles in this issue. The first article is a review article about spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) in children by Dr. Nong et al. Besides reminding us that SPM will improve uneventfully in most children, the authors emphasize that some situations may require aggressive treatment, and that the prognosis can be poor if SPM is complicated with certain underlying diseases or complications.

The second article is an original study on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children. In the article, Ms. Fung et al. investigated the relationship between the percentage of total sleep time with mouth breathing (SMBP) and post-adenotonsillectomy apnea-hypopnea index in non-obese children. They found that the children with SMBP >10.5% after surgery had a higher risk of residual OSA. This is the first report to demonstrate that SMBP is a significant risk factor for persistent OSA after adenotonsillectomy in non-obese children.

The third article is an invited commentary about diagnostic testing for COVID-19. Accurate and timely diagnostic testing is important to allow for the optimal treatment of patients and evaluate the trend of COVID-19. In this issue, Dr. Rina Triasih brings us an excellent review regarding the diagnostic tests for COVID-19 and when to use them. Molecular tests to identify the RNA of the virus and serological tests to detect the immunoglobulins to SARS-CoV-2 are also discussed in detail.

Hopefully COVID-19 will enter the final stage in the near future, and that we can return to normal life and meet each other again soon!

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