Covid severity less in children

eAwaz Health

London – BBC reports a study, led by scientists from University College London, and the Universities of York, Bristol and Liverpool, showed overall risk of children becoming severely ill or dying from Covid is extremely low. But those living with multiple chronic illnesses and neuro-disabilities were most at risk, they said. The team analysed England’s public health data and found that among the young people who had died of Covid-19, around 15 had life-limiting or underlying conditions, including 13 living with complex neuro-disabilities, while six had no underlying conditions recorded in the last five years. The findings are being considered by the UK’s vaccine advisory group, the report said. Lead researcher Prof Russell Viner, said: “I think from our data, and in my entirely personal opinion, it would be very reasonable to vaccinate a number of groups we have studied, who don’t have a particularly high risk of death, but we do know that their risk of having severe illness and coming to intensive care, while still low, is higher than the general population.” Elizabeth Whittaker, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Imperial College London, added: “Although this data covers up to February 2021, this hasn’t changed recently with the Delta variant. We hope this data will be reassuring for children and young people and their families.”