43 min

Coughing kids with Tim Spector and Edward Snelson The BMJ Podcast

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Persistent coughing in children is always a challenge, both for parents trying to describe and measure the cough, and for doctors making a diagnosis. In the current climate, this is all the more difficult, seeing as a continual cough is one of the major symptoms of COVID-19. UK Government guidance advises that anyone with a persistent cough should get a coronavirus test. But with the reopening of schools and the beginning of the cold & flu season both coinciding with a national shortage of tests available, should we all err on the side of caution and try to get a test at the first sign of a cough or sniffle, or can the data on cold virus symptoms help parents and GPs make an informed judgement on the likelihood that their child’s cough indicates COVID?

Our guests:
Tim Spector is a professor of Genetic Epidemiology, and director of the TwinsUK Registry, at King’s College London.

Edward Snelson is a paediatrician in the paediatric emergency department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Persistent coughing in children is always a challenge, both for parents trying to describe and measure the cough, and for doctors making a diagnosis. In the current climate, this is all the more difficult, seeing as a continual cough is one of the major symptoms of COVID-19. UK Government guidance advises that anyone with a persistent cough should get a coronavirus test. But with the reopening of schools and the beginning of the cold & flu season both coinciding with a national shortage of tests available, should we all err on the side of caution and try to get a test at the first sign of a cough or sniffle, or can the data on cold virus symptoms help parents and GPs make an informed judgement on the likelihood that their child’s cough indicates COVID?

Our guests:
Tim Spector is a professor of Genetic Epidemiology, and director of the TwinsUK Registry, at King’s College London.

Edward Snelson is a paediatrician in the paediatric emergency department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

43 min

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