The findings, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, run counter to claims that influenza is more threatening to children than Covid-19 is, an argument that has been used in the push to reopen schools, and to question the value of vaccinating adolescents against the coronavirus.“long COVID... nytimes.com, Covid hospitalizations are rare among children, but still more frequent than for flu, the C.D.C. says, Apoorva Mandavilli, 2021

Children have a much lower risk overall of Covid-19, compared with adults, but their chances of infection and severe illness are thought to increase with age. Since the start of the pandemic, the rate of hospitalizations among children ages 12 to 17 was 12.5 times lower than among adults. But the rate was higher than that seen in children ages 5 to 11, according to the new report.

 

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