DELTA VARIANT: NO MORE SEVERE SHAPES IN CHILDREN
The Delta variant does not cause more severe cases of Covid-19 in children and adolescents compared to other variants, according to first data released Friday by US health authorities. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, studied data from patients hospitalized for Covid-19 across 99 counties in 14 states, covering around 10% of the population American.
In particular, the agency compared the period from early March to mid-June with that from mid-June to late July, when the Delta variant became dominant in the United States. Between these two periods, the rate of hospitalization among children and adolescents aged 0 to 17 has effectively increased fivefold. But “the proportion of children and adolescents hospitalized for serious illness”, for example with admission to intensive care, “was similar before and during the period in which Delta was dominant”.
In detail, of the 3,116 children and adolescents hospitalized in three and a half months before Delta, about 26% were admitted to intensive care, 6% were placed on a ventilator, and less than 1% died. After Delta, out of 164 hospitalizations recorded in a month and a half, about 23% were admitted to intensive care, 10% placed on a ventilator, and less than 2% died. The differences between the two periods are therefore not statistically significant.