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Covid Is Way More Lethal to Kids Than The Flu

A child wears a KN95 protective mask for kids.

A child wears a KN95 protective mask for kids.

Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg

Here’s the latest news from the pandemic.

In the US, nearly six times more kids and teens died from Covid in one year than did from the flu, according to a new analysis of pediatric mortality data.

Millions of kids get sick with the seasonal flu each year. But although it can be dangerous — especially for those who are unvaccinated — it's much less lethal than Covid. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, childhood flu deaths during the regular season have ranged from 39 to 199 since 2004. Meanwhile, in 2021 alone, more than 600 children died from Covid-19, according to the analysis done by Jeremy Faust, a professor at Harvard University Medical School and physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  

Faust used death data from the CDC to compare Covid deaths during the pandemic to flu deaths over the last decade, to highlight the differences in severity between the viruses in kids.