Children and adolescents who have been infected with the coronavirus apparently rarely die from Covid-19. According to a Europe-wide study, the mortality rate is below one percent. The study was published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health . The head of the study, Marc Tebruegge from University College London, said the disease takes only a "mild" course in most infected people.
For the survey, the research team evaluated the disease courses of 582 minors between the ages of three and 18 years who had been treated in 82 health care facilities. All were tested positive for the pathogen, four of them died. Two of the deceased had previous illnesses. The fact that minors are significantly less likely to develop ailments is obviously one of the reasons for the low mortality rate. Only a quarter of the children and adolescents had previous health problems.
Nevertheless, a significant number of young patients develop a serious illness and need support in the intensive care unit, said Tebruegge. Intensive care was required in eight percent of the cases, and 62 percent of the subjects had to be treated in the hospital. 16 percent of the minors had no symptoms. The researchers believe that the actual likelihood of children dying from corona is even less than that measured in the study. It can be assumed that infected people with only mild symptoms often do not seek treatment. These cases are also not included in the study.
Meanwhile, the CDC has put pregnant women on the list of high-risk groups. This is a consequence of knowledge that several studies have produced. However, the experts are not surprised by this. According to a CDC report, pregnant women made up about nine percent of corona women of childbearing age, while only five percent of women of childbearing age were pregnant. However, there is no higher mortality risk.
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