#AceHealthReport – Aug.29: Only six British children have died of #Covid19 and all had ‘profound’ pre-existing health problems, new research has shown: The lead author of the study published in the British Medical Journal said it should reassure parents anxious about their children returning to school next month amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic:
#Coronavirus Report: UK Study Shows Only Six Children Have Died Of #Covid19 – And All Had Serious Health Problems Already
The new research may reassure worried parents but also anger education unions who have raised concerns over all pupils returning to school.
“They should be confident that their children are not going to be put at direct harm by going back to school,” said the University of Liverpool’s Professor Calum Semple.
“We do know that they are harmed by being kept away from school because of the lack of educational opportunities, and that’s affecting mental health.” Most British children have been home-schooled since the start of March this year, when the government ordered schools to close their doors to all except the children of key workers, those with special educational needs and those deemed at risk of abuse or neglect at home.
‘ The professor said the review of 651 identified child cases in England, Scotland and Wales showed that “severe disease is rare and death is vanishingly rare” among Great Britain’s 16 million under-19s ‘
The BMJ paper stated that “six (1%) of 627 patients died in hospital, all of whom had profound comorbidity.” It noted that Chinese data showed that only 0.6 per cent of children with the virus became critically ill:
The study was funded by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which is funded by the government:
#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Aug.29: 2020:
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