Friday, September 24, 2021

Covid-Hospitalized Children? Not So Much

 Our friend Wauck over here finds another useful item.

The reported number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, one of the primary metrics for tracking the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, was grossly inflated for children in California hospitals, two research papers published Wednesday concluded. The papers, both published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics, found that pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 were overcounted by at least 40 percent, carrying potential implications for nationwide figures....

One study found:

 ...among the 117 pediatric SARS-CoV2-positive patients hospitalized between May 10, 2020, and February 10, 2021, the authors concluded that 53 of them (or 45 percent) “were unlikely to be caused by SARS-CoV-2.”...


 ...out of 146 records listing patients as positive for SARS-CoV-2 from May 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, the authors classified 58 (40 percent) as having incidental diagnosis, meaning there was no documentation of COVID-19 symptoms prior to hospitalization....\

Be VERY cautious about reading "Covid in Children" stories.  They're good for scaring the Hell out of parents, but not much more than that.

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