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- Assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with PANS/PANDAS
- A majority of respondents endorsed a negative impact on their child’s friendships, relationships with extended family, hobbies, and academic skills due to the pandemic
- Children with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 experienced new or worsened psychiatric symptoms, particularly mood lability, OCD, and anxiety
- Telehealth care was the preferred treatment modality if the child had mild symptoms of PANS/PANDAS
- Caregivers experienced a high level of burn-out both before and during the pandemic, and thus this should continue to be an area of inquiry and appropriate intervention by providers
- Data suggest an overall negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with PANS/PANDAS and their caregivers.