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Omicron variant, lighter symptoms on children under 5: study

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Jan 14, 2022

The Omicron variant causes mild effects and symptoms on children under the age of 5. It is the result of the study conducted in the United States, through a research that involved about 80,000 children infected with covid. The Omicron variant is “inherently mild,” with an infection causing “significantly less severe effects” than the Delta variant, according to the as yet unrevised study. Read also In the analysis, CNN points out, reference is made to a 70% reduction in hospitalizations, intensive care and the use of assisted breathing compared to the data associated with the Delta variant. Emergency room visits are also down by 29%. Of the children infected with Omicron, about 1% needed hospitalization. With Delta, on the other hand, it reaches 3%. “Despite the encouraging result, further studies are needed to monitor the acute long-term consequences related to the Omicron variant, the propensity to develop ‘long covid’, the speed of diffusion, the potential mutation and how previous infections may alter clinical responses, “write the researchers.” Furthermore, although infections related to the Omicron variant appear milder according to this study, due to increased transmissibility the absolute number of emergency room visits, hospitalizations in the ward and in the ICU, use of assisted breathing for children could be higher with the Omicron variant than with the Delta variant “, the scientists continue. In the United States, hospitalizations of children for covid have reached record levels in recent weeks. In the last week of December, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 hospitalizations were recorded for every 100,000 children under the age of 5.