The British study pointed out that since the Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) epidemic, the risk of death from the disease in children is quite low, only 2 cases per 1 million people, even if the recent spread of Delta variant of the virus has not led to an increased risk of death from the disease in this group, urging families not to worry too much.
According to the BBC, the Wuhan pneumonia vaccine has not yet been made available to children on a large scale, causing many families to be extremely worried. In response, the University College London, the Universities of York, the University of Bristol and the University of Liverpool have conducted studies on the risk of children contracting the disease. The study was conducted by the University of York, the University of Bristol, the University of Liverpool and the University of London on the risk of childhood infection.
According to Public Health England (PHE), as of February, only about 5,800 children had been admitted to hospital with Wuhan pneumonia, of whom about 690 were infected with “multi-systemic inflammatory syndrome in children” (MIS-C), according to the scientists, the most comprehensive study of children in the world. The number of children admitted to hospital for other diseases and emergencies was about 367,600.
Of the 12 million children in England, only 25 died from confirmed Wuhan pneumonia, which translates into an overall mortality rate of only 2 deaths per 1 million children. Most of the children who died were over 10 years old and had underlying health conditions such as genetic disorders, mental illness, obesity, heart disease, etc., and were predominantly of black and Asian ethnicity.
In response, Elizabeth Whittaker, PhD, of the Royal College of Paediatrics, Child Health and Imperial College London, also said that it is rare to see children in hospitals who are seriously ill from the disease. Whittaker also mentioned that the recent spread of the Delta variant of the virus has not led to an increased risk of infection in this group, and urged families not to worry too much.