OBJECTIVE: The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures implemented to stop the pandemic had a broad impact on our daily lives . Besides work and social life, health care is affected on many levels . In particular, there is concern that attendance in health care programs will drop or hospital admissions will be delayed due to COVID-19-related anxieties, especially in children . Therefore, we compared the number of weekly visits to 78 German pediatric institutions between 2019 and 2020 .
RESULTS: We found no significant differences during the first 10 weeks of the year . However, and importantly, from April, the weekly number of visits was more than 35% lower in 2020 than in 2019 (p = 0.005). In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to relate to families´ utilization of outpatient well-child clinics and pediatric practice attendance in Germany.