Here’s a little more on this study which shows that the risk of severe illness and death to children from Covid-19 is vanishingly small.
My colleague Sarah Boseley reports:
The study included two-thirds of all patients admitted to hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales with Covid-19. Of these, 651 – less than 1% – were children and young people under 19. Six of these patients – less than 1% – died. All had severe underlying health conditions.
Calum Semple, professor in child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, and co-lead of the study by the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium said:
They were children with profound co-morbidities – not a touch of asthma and not cystic fibrosis.
Co-author of the paper published in the BMJ, Dr Olivia Swann, clinical lecturer in paediatric infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh, said the risk of severe disease and death was also very small, and added:
The absolute risk of being admitted to hospital is tiny.
You can read the full story here:
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Source: The Guardian