Even at its worst, Covid in kids is unlikely to kill: experts

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Even at its worst, Covid in kids is unlikely to kill: experts

While rare complication may land them in ICU, symptoms affect kids in far fewer numbers and less severely

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Parents who may still doubt sending their children to school for fear of Covid-19 complications may take a sigh of relief at the latest local research that shows that even the worst form of the viral disease is manageable and rarely kills children.

In an article published in medical journal The Lancet, child health experts at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town say while the multisystem inflammatory syndrome – a rare but serious complication associated with Covid-19 – may land children in intensive care unit, the latest data shows symptoms affect kids in far fewer numbers and severity than it does adults. None of the 23 children who were admitted at the two specialist hospitals between June and July died from the syndrome.

Meanwhile, a new study in the British Medical Journal also shows young people have less severe Covid-19 than adults and that death was exceptionally rare, only occurring in children with serious underlying conditions...

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