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Covid seen more in 10- to 19-year-olds than in younger children

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Covid seen more in 10- to 19-year-olds than in younger children

Tests are reliable for Omicron, while experts believe vaccines will hold up to the variant

Senior features writer

Children and younger people have made up a greater proportion of Covid-19 cases and admissions early in the fourth wave than those in older age groups. However, this “does not necessarily reflect more severe disease in children”.

This is according to University of Cape Town (UCT) professor Mary-Ann Davies, director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research.

Medical scientists say it is too early to know how mild or severe symptoms will be from the dominant Omicron variant, but there are concerns that a higher proportion of children are being hospitalised. ..

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