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UK study finds more Omicron hospitalisations in youngest children, but cases mild -Breaking


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LONDON (Reuters – Omicron hospitalisations are more frequent in young children and babies than for older children, but they are still relatively mild. British researchers added that this was a reassuring picture.

Omicron is rapidly spreading in Britain. This has led to an increase in Omicron cases, which have reached record levels. The variant of Omicron is still quite severe, but high vaccine rates for adults have helped limit hospitalizations. The risk of COVID-19 in children is lower than that for older adults.

A Friday study, shared with government advisors, revealed that there was an increase in young children being admitted to hospitals over the past four weeks. This is due to babies below one.

The early data revealed that 42% of children who were hospitalized with COVID-19 were younger than the 30% seen in the previous wave. However, researchers stressed the fact that these illnesses are mild.

They are not very sick babies. They’re actually coming in for very short periods of times,” Calum Semple (University of Liverpool Professor in Child Health and Outbreak Medicine) told reporters. He also said that the percentage of infants who require oxygen is falling.

Semple suggested that the vaccine of more than 12s may account for some of the decline in hospital admissions of older children, but not all.

Russell Viner from UCL Professor of Child and Adolescent Health said the tendency was probable because Omicron symptoms could resemble those of respiratory disorders that might encourage parents to take their babies to the hospital to be checked out. However, older children with milder symptoms would need to go to the hospital through the clinical pathway.

He said that data were still in the early stages and could be changed.

Viner stated that a quick review of the clinical data was extremely comforting.

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