Hong Kong Study Finds That BA.2 COVID-19 Variant is More Severe for Children

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.

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UK COVID-19 Data Reveals Facts About Long COVID

The United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released the nation’s COVID-19 data, which sheds more light on the long COVID phenomenon. 1.33 million people who were previously infected with COVID-19 reported lingering symptoms at least a year after infection. This accounts for roughly 2.1% of the U.K.’s population, with 1 in 48 people experiencing long COVID.

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COVID-19 Effect on Kids: Can They Get "Long Covid"?
A U.K. study revealed that children may show lingering and persistent symptoms even months after a COVID-19 infection. However, it also concluded that kids are less likely to be affected by “long COVID” compared to adults. From its assessment, only 4% of children and teens in the U.K. showed prevailing or recurring symptoms, the most common being loss of smell, headaches, fatigue, coughing, chest pain, and brain fog.
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