More Data Confirms Risk of COVID-19 Death, Serious Illness Very Low in Children

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The risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19 in teenagers and children is extremely low, according to ...
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More Data Confirms Risk of COVID-19 Death, Serious Illness Very Low in Children

three new studies from the United Kingdom.

The studies provide the most detailed analysis to date on the impact of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus on children and confirms earlier findings for those aged 18 and younger: that they are at very low risk of becoming severely ill or dying from the disease.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool, the University College of London, the University of York, and the University of Bristol published their pre-print studies, that are in the process of being peer-reviewed, online on July 8. Two of the studies analyzed the risks of severe illness and death from COVID-19, while one focused only on deaths.

The preliminary findings will be submitted to the World Health Organization and the UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which is still considering whether to expand the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 12 to 17 in the country. All four COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the UK are only for people 18 and older.

Russel Viner, a senior author on two of the studies and a professor of adolescent health at the University College London's Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, said that the findings "will inform shielding guidance for young people as well as decisions about the vaccination of teenagers and children, not just in the UK, but internationally," according to a statement.

While the studies did not include information specific to the effects of the Delta variant, there is currently no evidence that it causes more severe disease or death in children.

"Although this data covers up to February 2021, this hasn't changed recently with the Delta…
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