Omicron may be ‘mild’, but cases among children tell a different story
Hospitalisations and the need for intensive care treatment among minors are higher for the variant, say researchers
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been linked to more hospitalisation, severe complications and deaths of young children than previous waves of the virus, suggesting the highly contagious strain may not be as mild as initially thought, according to a Hong Kong-based study.
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong and Princess Margaret Hospital reviewed child hospitalisation during different stages of the pandemic. They found that cases were far more severe in the Omicron wave that continues to sweep through the city in its worst outbreak of the pandemic.
A total of 1,147 children aged 0-11 were hospitalised in Hong Kong due to Covid-19 from February 5 to 28, more than 80% of whom were 0-5 years old. ..