Children are at an extremely slim risk of dying from Covid-19, according to some of the most comprehensive studies to date, indicating that the threat may be even lower than previously thought.
Some 99.995% of the 469,982 children in England who became infected during the year examined by researchers survived, a study found.
In fact, there were fewer deaths among children due to the virus than originally suspected. Among the 61 infant deaths linked to a positive Covid-19 test in the UK, 25 were actually caused by the disease, the study shows.
The three studies, conducted by researchers in the UK who reviewed its national health system’s medical records or retrieved data from other countries, were published on preprint servers on Thursday. The studies have not yet been reviewed by independent experts and are preliminary.
The studies provide some of the most detailed analyzes yet of severe illness and death from Covid-1