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Click below to listen to this comprehensive Q&A hosted recently by the Telethon Kids Institute, where two of WA’s leading infectious diseases paediatricians answer parents’ questions – and bust a few myths – about kids and COVID-19.

Professor Peter Richmond is Head of the Vaccine Trials Group within the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at Telethon Kids, an immunologist and paediatrician at Perth Children’s Hospital, and a Professor at The University of Western Australia.

Associate Professor Asha Bowen is Program Head of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at the Telethon Kids Institute and Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital.


  • What does COVID-19 look like in children?
  • How common is COVID-19 in children?
  • Are children with underlying health conditions more at risk?
  • Are newborns and infants more at risk?
  • If I am pregnant, am I more at risk of COVID-19? What does this mean for my baby?
  • How often are children hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection?
  • What about Omicron?
  • What are the long-term impacts of a COVID-19 infection in children?
  • How can COVID-19 be prevented?
  • What role do children play in COVID-19 transmission?
  • If my child does get COVID-19, how do I care for them?
  • If someone in my home gets COVID-19, what do I do?
  • References

Telethon Kids Institute resource was created by Dr Samantha Carlson, Professor Christopher Blyth, Kate Crassweller.

It was guided by what parents in the UWA/TKI ‘Coronavax’ project told us they wanted to know about, and (by the time of publication) has been reviewed and approved by the National Consumer Advisory Group for COVID-19 Research, convened by Telethon Kids Institute.  

The document was reviewed by Dr Tim Ford, Associate Professor Asha Bowen and Dr Daniel Yeoh.

The document will be updated regularly: please check website for most recent information