COVID-19: Children significantly less at risk

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Status: 02/15/2022 10:51 AM

The issue of the risk of contracting Covid in children stirs heated debates. CDU politician Brin has been heavily criticized for suggesting that few children are dying from Covid-19. The data is validated.

Written by Patrick Jensing, ARD Facts Search Editors

After heavy criticism, the President of the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK), Schleswig-Holstein Education Minister Karin Brin has deleted her Twitter account. “I will take a few weeks to think about whether and how I will continue to use Twitter as a means of communication,” the CDU politician explained.

A tweet by the head of KMK has previously caused heavy criticism. For example, one user wrote: “We’ve had 17 stillborns in the last four weeks. 17 – in four weeks. And it got faster and faster. By October 21, we had 27 stillborn babies, since October 38. So at 4.5 months over 18.” month, and a total of 65 children died.” Brin replied, “Please differentiate: Children are dying. This is very tragic. But they die from COVID_19 and rarely die from COVID_19.” Breen’s answer was followed by numerous – and sometimes insulting – reactions.

A total of 47 deaths among those under the age of 20

The number of deaths among children and young adults is closely monitored. RKI wrote in its latest weekly report:

Deaths in persons under 20 years of age are examined and individually validated by RKI, so that there are still changes in the number of deaths in this age group in the published data. To date, 47 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in children and adolescents ages 0-19 have been reported to RKI. In 32 cases, information on known prior pathology was available.

According to the RKI, fewer than four deaths of male and female children under the age of 20 were recorded in the first three weeks of the new year. The sign “less than four” is used for data protection reasons, and can mean one, two, or three cases. In the RKI report, one death in the five to 17-year-olds was presented in weeks two to five.

The above claim by a Twitter user that “17 children” had been killed in the past four weeks is based on accounts with unaudited numbers published by RKI at various times. However, in the corresponding statistics, the institute notes that the information in question is still subject to change, as all deaths reported among children under the age of 20 are examined. Confirmed figures with reporting delays are presented in the weekly report. *

Many corona patients are in hospital

Children and adolescents continue to be affected by severe cycles less frequently than in all other age groups. Also, many of the registered Corona patients were not hospitalized due to Covid-19. Inquiries to clinics have shown that up to half of people registered as corona patients are not in hospital due to Covid-19, but that a positive test result is a secondary diagnosis. The lack of clarity in the number of hospitalizations increased due to the high rate of infection.

In the children’s clinics of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, for example, you can currently see “more children With Like Because said a spokesperson for Covid-19 in inpatient care. The number of children treated for Covid-19 – not those who accidentally test positive – fluctuates between zero and five per week. He said. However, some children and adolescents with other pre-existing illnesses from Covid 19 infection were “severely affected and required intensive care”. Cases of PIMS have also occurred, the spokesperson said, “These are very serious cases of weight gain.”

“slight increase”

Supervising physician Dr. Johannes Ehler of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Rostock said: “During the period of the Covid epidemic, there has been a slight increase in sick children and hospital residents with delta and omicron variants. Severe courses of Covid-19 have been recorded fairly frequently. More than in 2020. In our clinic, these cases were associated with a good treatment outcome, even if some rehabilitation measures were necessary after inpatient treatment.”

However, the PIMS syndrome is related: “In the past few months, this syndrome has been observed more frequently in our clinic than in the past two years and required extensive medical treatment for pediatric patients. However, good treatment results were achieved here as well. No deaths occurred “.

Mr. Dr. John Oh, deputy director of the Clinic and Comprehensive Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), declared that the number of children and adolescents with Covid-19 to be treated as in-patients at UKE Children’s Hospital was ‘very low’. The number of children with Covid-19 has stabilized in the past two weeks and is not increasing at the moment. Young children are sometimes admitted to the hospital for observation for 24 to 48 hours.

“So far, there are no indications of a more dangerous path”

The German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (DGPI) and the German Society for Pediatrics and Adolescents (DGKJ) are collecting data from pediatric clinics across the country – and have also come to the conclusion that many of the hospitalizations recorded as corona cases are not due to Covid-19 – the occurrence of diseases. From January 24 to February 13, 2022, more than a third of admissions were recorded due to other diseases, although they are officially counted as corona cases. This data is based on reports from more than 80 clinics and is constantly updated.

PD Henriette Rudolph, a specialist in pediatric and adolescent medicine at the University Hospital in Frankfurt am Main and vice-chair of the DGPI, said, “There is currently no evidence that omicron leads to more severe cycles in childhood than previously reported variants, although it must be emphasized that We still have to get a more accurate picture.” “Children with critical illnesses who could certainly go through a more severe path” are still excluded.

Mr. Dr. Jun Oh from the UKE says the risk of children and young adults catching Covid-19 is much lower than adults: “The risk of an omicron variant will lead to an acute course of the disease is lower than it is in adults with a delta variant. However, severe courses can also occur,” says Jun Oh from the UKE. in children and adolescents.”

‘Danger level lowered’

Dr. Jacob Maske, a spokesperson for the Professional Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ), explained, at the request, Two years into the epidemic, there were about 41 deaths among those under the age of 18 – compared to about 120,000 adults who died in Germany. There are about 688 babies with PMS, nearly all of whom have recovered, and there are an unconfirmed number of prolonged Covid cases that, depending on the study, are in the low single-digit percentage range and are usually no longer than four weeks, Maske said. .

With the Omikron variant in particular, “the level of risk to children and young adults has decreased even more,” Musk asserts. “Fortunately, really intense training sessions are rare. For children and teens – but not for adults – a corona infection can be considered roughly equivalent to other upper respiratory infections.”

“The risk of children and young people becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 remains low – and possibly lower in Omikron. The number of PIMS patients cannot be increased. It is expected; however, we expect it to happen,” said Karen Matisek, a spokeswoman for Gesundheit Nord GmbH in Bremen. This is in the next few weeks due to the recurrence of the virus. We cannot assess the ‘Long-Covid’ phenomenon well because we only made this diagnosis sporadically.”

*Editor’s note: Information on how the number 17 appears and that this is an account with unconfirmed numbers has been added here.

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