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Omicron Is a Bigger Risk for the Young, Medical Data Shows

  • Higher proportion of children hospitalized during recent wave
  • Lower proportion of adults went to the hospital with omicron
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Omicron Continues to Sweep the World: WHO

The omicron variant may be more dangerous for children than earlier coronavirus strains, a study of hospitalization data from one of South Africa’s biggest medical insurance programs showed. 

Data from the 56,164 Covid-19-related hospital admissions among the more than 2 million beneficiaries of the Government Employees Medical Scheme found that the admission rate for children under the age of four was 49% higher during the omicron wave than for delta. It was also higher than during the infection surges driven by the original virus and the beta variant, according to the data analyzed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.