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