Under 18s have an ‘extremely low’ risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, according to new studies from a group of UK universities.
Only 251 children and adolescents in the UK were admitted to intensive care with Covid-19 during the 12 months to 28 February 2021, according to an analysis of public health data.
During the same period, 25 under-18s died in the UK from Covid-19, a separate but linked study shows.
The authors of the two studies, as well as a third related one, described them as “the most comprehensive analyzes of data” to date on serious illness and death from Covid-19 among children and adolescents.
For example, the study, which focused on intensive care of Covid-19 among adolescents, looked at hospitalization data between 2015 and 2021 and linked it to data on intensive care, death, and coronavirus test results.
The reports showed that the risk of serious illness was slightly higher for young people with pre-existing medical conditions and severe disabilities who caught Covid-19.
Their findings will inform about vaccination and quarantine policies, “not just in the UK, but internationally,” Russell Viner, a professor at University College London and senior author of two of the studies, said in a statement.
Researchers at UCL, Imperial College London, the University of Liverpool, the University of Bristol and the University of York, which conducted the analyzes, said they plan to submit the three studies to the World Health Organization and to two UK government units forming vaccination and Covid-19. -related policies.