A new German study has found that the deaths from Covid-19 in children aged 5-11 without comorbidities was extremely low – so low, in fact, that “case fatality could not be calculated, due to an absence of cases”.
Rates of ICU admission for the group was also very low, with an admission rate of 0.2 per 10,000 observed.
The study, a preprint which has not yet been peer-reviewed, echoed previous findings of studies which found that hospitalisations for children with Covid were “vanishingly rare”.
The researchers said that they combined data from three sources – a national seroprevalence study (the SARS-CoV-2 KIDS study), the German statutory notification system and a nationwide registry on children and adolescents hospitalized with either SARS-CoV-2 or Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome, in order to provide reliable estimates on children’s hospitalization, intensive care admission and death due to COVID-19 and PIMS-TS.
The study found that the overall hospitalization rate associated with Covid-19 infection was 35.9 per 10,000 children, but that ICU admission rate was 1.7 per 10,000 and case fatality was 0.09 per 10,000 – or less than 0.0001%.
However, children without comorbidities were found to be significantly less likely to suffer from a severe or fatal disease course.
The lowest risk was observed in children aged 5-11 without comorbidities. In this group, the ICU admission rate was 0.2 per 10,000 and case fatality could not be calculated, due to an absence of cases.
“Overall, the SARS-CoV-2-associated burden of a severe disease course or death in children and adolescents is low. This seems particularly the case for 5-11-year-old children without comorbidities,” the study concluded..
In ireland, a recent government report Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2021, confirmed zero deaths from Covid-19 for children between 0 and 12 years – and less than 5 deaths in adolescents aged between 12 and 18.