Researchers in Hong Kong studied the severity of the BA.2 variant among a small number of children who were hospitalized for the most recent COVID-19 strain. They found that children who were hospitalized with the BA.2 variant were 18 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and seven times more likely to die compared to those hospitalized with the flu.
The virus is taking the lives of more people than ever before, with the U.S. reporting over 2,000 deaths every day in the past month. Data shows that the only other time death rates were this high dates back from the time vaccines were still unavailable. Experts have analyzed this data to reveal the demographics and characteristics of people dying of COVID-19.