Teens rarely hospitalised, but can get severe Covid: US CDC

Teens rarely hospitalised, but can get severe Covid: US CDCSince the start of the pandemic, very few adolescents have become ill enough with Covid-19 to be hospitalised. But of those who did, about one-third were admitted to ICUs, and 5% required ventilators, the US CDC reported Friday. These findings underscore the importance of vaccinating kids, experts said. “Much of this suffering can be prevented,” CDC chief Rochelle Walensky said. “Vaccination is way out of this pandemic.”

The data also run counter to claims that influenza is more threatening to children than Covid-19, an argument that has been used to reopen schools and to question the value of vaccines for children. The number of hospitalisations related to Covid-19 among adolescents in the US was about three times as high as hospitalisations linked to influenza over three recent flu seasons, the study found. There’s a very strong case to be made for preventing a disease that causes hospitalizations and deaths,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the committee on infectious diseases at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Children have a much lower likelihood overall of becoming severely ill or dying from Covid-19, compared with adults, but the risks are thought to increase with age. According to the most recent data collected by the academy, nearly 4 million children have tested Covid positive since the pandemic began, compared with about 30 million cases among adults. Still, about 16,500 children have been hospitalised for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 322 have died, making it one of the leading causes of death. NYT


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