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Adolescents, psychiatric hospitalization, and COVID-19

Youth facing the most severe mental illness require inpatient mental health hospitalization. In a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Polina Krass, a Penn LDI associate fellow and pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and coauthors report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth at a local behavioral health hospital. The study details the medical and psychiatric management of 19 patients aged 11-17 who had COVID-19 while requiring psychiatric hospitalization. Caring for these patients required balancing physical and mental health care needs while providing adequate infection control.