Study: most kids able to avoid severe COVID-19

If admitted to hospital, only 8% need intensive care

A large European study confirms a rare bit of good news about COVID-19: children seem to be mostly spared from the worst of its effects.

The study suggests that fewer than 1% of children who develop COVID-19 will die from it, and the vast majority will not need intensive care.

By contrast, in some of the world’s hardest-hit countries, case fatality ratios that include adults are estimated to be higher than 10%.

Young people in the study ranged from three days to 18-years. Threequarters of the children had no preexisting medical conditions.

More than half of the children were admitted to a hospital, but only 8% required intensive care. Four patients died from their disease.

 

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