According to a new study involving the departments of pediatric medicine and infectious diseases of the universities of Munich, Freiburg, Dresden and Heidelberg, the risk of death due to Covid-19 in the population aged under 17 is close to zero and in the 5-11 age group it is non-existent in the absence of comorbidities. Here are the results in detail.
German study: in the 5-11 AGE GROUP there were ZERO Covid-19 DEATHS (with no comorbidities)
# The study on the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19 in children
“Risk of hospitalization, serious illness and mortality due to COVID-19 and inflammatory multi-system syndrome in children infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Germany” is the title of a German study that has just been published on “MedRxiv”. It involved the departments of pediatric medicine and infectious diseases of the universities of Munich, Freiburg, Dresden and Heidelberg.
In order to provide reliable estimates on children’s hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths from COVID-19 and PIMS-TS, data from three sources were combined: a national seroprevalence study (the SARS-CoV-2 KIDS study), the German legal notification system and a national registry on children and adolescents admitted with SARS-CoV-2 or pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PIMS-TS).
Let’s look at the main results emerging from such study.
# In the 5-11 age group in Germany there were zero deaths in the absence of comorbidities
The results of the study show an overall hospitalization rate associated with the SARS-CoV-2 infection of 35.9 per 10,000 children, an intensive-care admission rate of 1.7 and a mortality rate of 0.09 per 10,000 cases.
In children with no comorbidities, i.e. without other medical conditions, it has been found that there are “significantly lower” chances of suffering from a severe or fatal course of the disease. The lowest risk was identified in children aged 5 to 11 without comorbidities. In this group, the ICU admission rate was 0.2 per 10,000 and mortality per case could not be calculated due to the absence of cases.