The delta variant does not cause severe cases of Govit-19 in children and adolescents compared to other variants. This is the result of the first data released on Friday, September 3, by US health officials, raising concerns in the country about the growing number of hospitalized children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, surveyed data on hospital admissions for Covit-19 in 99 districts in 14 states, covering approximately 10% of the U.S. population.
In particular, the company compared the period from early March to mid-June to mid-June and the end of July when the delta variant dominated the United States. Between these two periods, the rate of hospitalization among children and adolescents aged 0 to 17 years has effectively increased fivefold.
Most “Rate of children and adolescents hospitalized for serious illness”For example, admission to intensive care,It was the same before and after Delta dominated. “.
In detail, of the 3,116 children and adolescents hospitalized in the three-and-a-half months prior to the delta, approximately 26% were admitted to intensive care, 6% were placed on a ventilator, and less than 1% died. Of the 164 hospitals reported in the one-and-a-half month after delta, about 23% were admitted to intensive care, 10% were placed on a ventilator, and less than 2% died. The differences between the two periods are not statistically significant.
However, the CDC noted that the number of children with severe cases of the disease was small from mid-June to the end of July, which limits the relevance of the comparisons. They insist that the data should be constantly monitored in the future.
The work also shows that vaccines still protect adolescents from delta: the hospital rate for unvaccinated adolescents is ten times higher than during the delta-dominated period. In the United States, adolescents can receive their Pfizer vaccine from the age of 12.