A European study shows that less than 1% of cases of Covid-19 in children lead to death.
They would indeed be less vulnerable to the new coronavirus: children who die from the disease are rare. This is the conclusion of a survey carried out in Europe and published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. Led by scientists from the UK, Spain, and Austria, it confirms that Covid-19 is generally mild in younger children.
25 European countries participated in the study. In total, the researchers analyzed data from more than 580 children, aged under 18. A quarter of them had medical problems prior to the coronavirus. In total, 62% of sick children were hospitalized and 90 children had no symptoms. 8% of cases required admission to the intensive care unit, this represents 48 children out of 582.
4 young people over 10 died of the disease, two of them had pre-existing medical problems. “Children in whom additional viruses were detected in the respiratory tract at the same time as SARS-CoV-2 were more likely to be admitted to intensive care,” said Dr. Begoña Santiago Garcia of Gregorio Marañón University Hospital in Madrid, co-author of the study, could have important implications for the coming winter season when cold and flu infections become more common. “
For the researchers, these results are encouraging. “The fatality rate in our cohort was very low, analysis Marc Tebruegge of the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health at University College London, it should be even much lower, given that many children with a disease benign would not have been brought to the attention of a physician and would therefore not be included in this study. ” According to this scientist, Covid-19 is a mild illness for most A European study shows that less than 1% of cases of Covid-19 in children lead to death.children and adolescents.
According to a summary published by Santé Publique France, children represent 1 to 5% of the contamination recorded worldwide. In France, less than 1.5% of cases concern children aged 1 to 19, according to data collected until April 22. Most of them suffer from mild forms or are asymptomatic. As in the European study, the data collected on the contamination of young people in France is probably incomplete, since the absence or mildness of the symptoms reduces the number of people tested and therefore counted as infected
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