Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Originally from Prof. Christina Pagel
Professor of Operational Research, University College London
20th September 2021
The government released a detailed comparison of children admitted to hospital between wave 1 (spring 2020) and wave 2 (winter 2021) on Friday.
Some things that stand out:
1. Large majority (80%) were admitted BECAUSE of COVID, and
2. Almost 60% of children had no underlying conditions.
Once again, we get more confirmation that children have COMMON SYMPTOMS that are NOT the ones government uses to prompt a test. Eg, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhoea & fatigue & cold symptoms. The Government needs to update (and communicate) the symptom list.
Finally, kids needing hospital are much more likely to be non-white and much more likely to be from deprived communities.
High infections in kids do not affect communities the same - a lesson government still hasn't learned after year or doesn't care about.
Sep 20, 2021 • 4 tweets • chrischirp/status/1439998800354029569
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