Even since the SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreak last year in Wuhan, we all knew that patients who were facing severe forms of illness and even death were mostly elders. Younger people can also be affected, but at a much lower percentage, while toddlers seemed to be almost completely ignored by the COVID-19 disease.
With over 830,000 deaths across the globe and almost 25 million infections, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic doesn’t show significant signs of slowing down, at least for some parts of the world.
No COVID-19 deaths among healthy school children from the UK
A new scientific study was led by Prof Calum Semple from the University of Liverpool and done on 651 children and young people infected with COVID-19. The outcome was that only 1% of these patients had died in hospitals because of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 27% of other patients infected with the virus and from other age groups died, which means a huge difference. Furthermore, that 1% of the children and young people dead because of the pandemic also had profound underlying health conditions. In other words, there’s almost zero chance of dying for a child suffering from COVID-19 that has no other illnesses.
Semple, the lead author, declared:
“There have been no deaths in otherwise healthy school-age children,”
The scientist also brings to the world the news that we’ve all been waiting for:
“There is no direct harm from children going back to school,”
The UK is one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic, with over 330,000 cases of infection and a death toll of more than 41,000 patients. The country is now even facing a second wave of infections, with around a thousand new patients per day. All this practically means that studies for COVID-19 patients in the UK should be as relevant as possible.