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Government Data: 60% of Children In Hospital due to COVID-19 Had No Underlaying Health Conditions

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.




Report here:




Sep 20, 2021 4 tweets chrischirp/status/1439998800354029569


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