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CDC: A third of hospitalized children sent to ICUs

Aug 14, 2020

Washington DC (USA), Aug 14: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about one in three children hospitalized for coronavirus symptoms was admitted to intensive care units. It says the proportion is similar to that for adults.
The CDC studied data from 14 states on pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The statistics shows 576 children younger than 18 were hospitalized between March 1 and July 25.
The figure translates into eight hospitalizations per 100,000 children. That is significantly lower than 164.5 for adults aged 18 or above.
But among hospitalized children whose medical charts were reviewed, 33.2 percent were admitted to ICUs. That was almost the same as adults, at 32 percent.
One child whose medical chart was reviewed died during hospitalization.
Broken down by age group, the largest share of those under 18 who were hospitalized were aged 12 to 17, at 41.8 percent. That was followed by babies aged under 3 months, at 18.8 percent. Youngsters aged 5 to 11 years old accounted for 16.8 percent.
Among hospitalized children for whom information was available on underlying conditions, the most prevalent were obesity and chronic lung disease.
The CDC says it is essential to reinforce prevention efforts in settings where children gather, such as childcare centers and schools.
Source: NHK World

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