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World J Methodol. Jan 20, 2021; 11(1): 1-14
Published online Jan 20, 2021. doi: 10.5662/wjm.v11.i1.1
Epidemiological burden of parents being the index cases of COVID-19 infected children
Sumanta Saha, Sujata Saha
Sumanta Saha, National Institute of Epidemiology, Ayapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600077, India
Sujata Saha, Department of Mathematics, Mankar College, Mankar 713144, India
Author contributions: Sumanta Saha prepared the concept and design, performed the data analysis, and drafted the manuscript; Sujata Saha hard edited the manuscript; both authors contributed to the study selection and risk of bias assessment and agree with the content of the final version of the manuscript.
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Corresponding author: Sumanta Saha, MPH, DNB, MBBS, Doctor, National Institute of Epidemiology, Ayapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600077, India.
Received: December 3, 2020
Peer-review started: December 3, 2020
First decision: December 11, 2020
Revised: December 17, 2020
Accepted: December 27, 2020
Article in press: December 27, 2020
Published online: January 20, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: During the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic situation, while schools remain closed and children primarily stay at home, the prevalence of parent to child COVID-19 transmissibility remains unknown. Therefore, this meta-analysis chiefly quantifies this epidemiological burden. Globally, this burden was substantial (about 54%) and was highest in Asia. The majority of these parents (> 70%) were symptomatic. This study highlights the public health importance of early detection of COVID-19 infected parent index cases to decrease transmission to their wards.