Comprehensive Study Could Find Just 25 Under-18 Covid Deaths in Entire England (Population: 56 Million)

Half had a complex disability with high healthcare needs

A comprehensive analysis of hospital admissions and reported deaths across England suggests that COVID-19 carries a lower risk of dying or requiring intensive care among children and young people than was previously thought.

In a series of preprints published on medRxiv13, a team of researchers picked through all hospital admissions and deaths reported for people younger than 18 in England. The studies found that COVID-19 caused 25 deaths in that age group between March 2020 and February 2021.

About half of those deaths were in individuals with an underlying complex disability with high health-care needs, such as tube feeding or assistance with breathing.

The studies did not evaluate rates of less-severe illness or debilitating ‘long COVID’ symptoms that can linger months after the acute phase of the infection has past. “The low rate of severe acute disease is important news, but this does not have to mean that COVID does not matter to children,” says paediatrician Danilo Buonsenso at the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome. “Please, let’s keep attention — as much as is feasible — on immunization.”

In one of the preprints, the researchers trawled for published accounts of COVID-19 among children and young people, and ultimately analysed data from 57 studies and 19 countries3. They then picked apart risk factors for severe disease and death from the data.

Study findings

Some conditions — including obesity and cardiac or neurological conditions — were associated with a higher risk of death or intensive-care treatment, the researchers found. But the absolute increase in risk was very small, study author Rachel Harwood, a paediatric surgical registrar at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK, told reporters at a media briefing.

For the other two preprints, the researchers focused on England, drawing on nationwide health-care data on intensive-care admissions and deaths among those under 18 years old. The team found that, of 6,338 hospital admissions for COVID-19, 259 children and young people required treatment in paediatric intensive-care units.

Black children were more likely than their white counterparts to require intensive care, both for COVID-19 and for paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare syndrome associated with coronavirus infection. But overall, the need for intensive care was “incredibly rare” among these patients, says study author Joseph Ward of the University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Of 3,105 deaths from all causes among the 12 million or so people under 18 in England between March 2020 and February 2021, 25 were attributable to COVID-19 — a rate of about 2 for every million people in this age range. None had asthma or type-1 diabetes, the authors note, and about half had [known] conditions that put them at a higher risk than healthy children of dying from any cause.

Taken together, the unusually comprehensive studies could provide some comfort to parents who have been shielding children who they thought might be vulnerable to severe complications from COVID-19. “There’s a general feeling among paediatricians that probably too many children were shielded during the first wave of the pandemic,” Russell Viner, who studies adolescent health at the University College London, told reporters.

In some cases, those efforts might have done more harm than good, added Elizabeth Whittaker, an infectious-disease specialist at Imperial College London. “Shields are very leaky,” she said. “The shields have not been perfect, and have probably caused more stress and anxiety for families than benefit.”

The work does not tackle the spectre of long COVID, but other studies suggest that it does occur in children — including in those who had mild initial symptoms or were asymptomatic — but less frequently than in adults.

Despite the very low death and intensive-care rates, Buonsenso hopes that schools will embrace measures such as masks and improved ventilation, and that parents will focus on immunization — for either their children, where possible, or themselves.

“When adults are immunized, fewer children are infected,” he says. “We need to do as much as possible to reduce COVID-19 infection in children.”

Nature 595, 639 (2021)



  1. 1. Ward, J. L. et al. Preprint at medRxiv (2021).
  2. 2. Smith, C. et al. Preprint at medRxiv (2021).
  3. 3. Harwood, R. et al. Preprint at medRxiv (2021).

Source: Nature

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    Sars Cov 2 exists only in the minds of imbeciles. Covid is the intended result of the injected poison mistakenly called adverse effects of a vaccine.

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    Today they are firing medical staff for refusing the poison jab reducing the hospitals capacity.

    Now can anyone see the hypocrisy? Do you realize many of these lunatics want another lockdown… more free fedbux. Stay at home and watch netflix all day long. No work and free, free, free is the work epic in the 21st century. Like watching a bunch of puppies fighting for a tit.

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  3. FedUpWithBS says

    The ongoing COVID-19 nonsense here in the United States and United Kingdom exists solely and exclusively because our governments have failed to use the correct treatment. They used so-called “vaccines” when Japan has just proven, in less than ONE MONTH, that Ivermectin can wipe out the disease. IVM was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 2015. One of the 3 most important drugs in human history: Aspirin, Penicillin, and Ivermectin. Get your Ivermectin

    1. Kieran says

      the governments in the West are criminally liable for all the hospital and nursing home deaths from this disease. First off, patients were given paracetamol and refused early treatment which is the worst possible way to treat the disease. most GPs in India start off immediately with ivermectin, doxycyclin, zinc and vit D. secondly infected patients were transferred to nursing homes where the most susceptible people are, which is unheard of and unbelievable as a medical decision anywhere else in the world.

      the ruthless put down of HCQ and ivermectin as a viable treatment is another crime that the media, government heads, and medical authorities are guilty of and should face criminal prosecution in the not too distant future for causing unnecessary deaths. This was to obviously keep the tag of EAU for the vaccine gravy train which wouldn’t be the case if it was acknowledged that the disease was easily treatable and cured with HCQ, ivermectin and many other reconditioned drugs, anti clotting agents, decongestants, steroids

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