No children without a serious comorbidity of an additional illness died, and neither did any child between the ages of 28 days and 15 years.
It has been clear from the start of the Covid-19 crisis – from Wuhan’s experience, before cases were confirmed in Britain – that it was a disease with relatively little impact on children. A broad study led by Liverpool University and published in the British Medical Journal today confirms that – and sheds a lot more light on how Covid-19 affects children. The study looks at data from 260 hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales, to which 69,516 patients were admitted with Covid symptoms between 17 January and 3 July. Of these, 651 were aged under 19 and 225 were aged under 12 months. Serious underlying medical conditions were present in 42 per cent of the children.No children without a serious comorbidity died, and neither did any child between the ages of 28 days and 15 years
Most were successfully treated on hospital wards but 116 went on to be admitted to critical care and 58 ended up on mechanical ventilation. In 52 cases, the patients were judged to be suffering from Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome associated with Covid-19 (MIS-C), a condition similar to Kawasaki disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome, that was first identified in London hospitals in March. Six children went on to die. Three were aged under 28 days, had been born very premature and had complex congenital anomalies and bacterial sepsis. The other three who died were in the 15-18 age bracket, two of whom had profound neurodisabilities which compromised their respiratory systems. The other had a suppressed immune system as a result of cancer treatment and was also suffering from bacterial sepsis. No children without a serious comorbidity of an additional illness died, and neither did any child between the ages of 28 days and 15 years. However, the age group 10–14 years was over-represented among those admitted to critical care.
August 21, 2020 — A new study just published in The Journal of Pediatrics incorrectly concludes that children spread COVID more than adults, and are “silent spreaders.” Simply looking at the study itself causes its own conclusion to fall apart horribly. Here are some of the main reasons this study is useless:
The study only used symptomatic children
The study contains no data on asymptomatic spread
It’s a small study using only 49 COVID positive patients
The majority of those 49 patients were teenagers
The study used less than 30 swab samples total from children
Compares children in 1st week of symptoms to adults beyond 1st week
Such a comparison is misleading (and I would say purposefully fraudulent)
The data presented in the study DOES NOT support that children are “silent spreaders”
No cofactors were considered (child age, obesity, etc…)
The study makes suggestions that it has no data to back up
“The data presented here does not support the claim that children are silent spreaders of COVID-19.” – Prof Adilia Warris, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Exeter
“(This study) does not demonstrate, in any way, that children actually spread the virus to adults or other children.” – Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology at the University of Reading
“In my opinion many of the statements in this paper are largely unfounded.” – Dr Andrew Preston, Reader in Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Bath
Why All This Scientific Fraud?
This is the second study published in August making false claims of children being “super-spreaders” of COVID. The first was funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and I have previously published a report proving that study to be a fraud here.
These studies are being published now for 2 reasons:
To keep schools closed and functioning remotely, and
To create a fraudulent scientific paper trail to force a COVID vaccine on children