Here’s a response when people tell you the Delta variant is more dangerous for children.

Like a rumor about some new threat, the common wisdom is out there that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more harmful for children than earlier versions.  A CDC study, however, suggests that current evidence suggests it’s not the case.

After examining 3,116 hospital records from the period before Delta, and comparing them to 164 records during the Delta period, the percentage of children with severe indicators was found to not differ greatly.

Specifically, the percent of hospitalized patients admitted to intensive care was 26.5 pre-Delta and 23.2 post; the percent placed on ventilators was 6.1 pre-Delta and 9.8 post; and the percent who died was 0.7 pre-Delta and 1.8 post.

These differences did not rise to the level of statistical significance.

Now keep in mind that we spent the pre-vaccine year confident in the knowledge that the coronavirus wasn’t affecting children badly.  That’s still the case.

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