COVID Has A Lower Mortality Risk To Children Than The Flu, Car Accidents, Suicide & More | The Pulse News & Analysis | ThePulse.one

byArjun Walia   October 4, 2021

In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • Data from the Centres for Disease Control indicates the mortality risk of COVID in children 0-14 years old is less than the seasonal flu, car accidents, and drowning.
    • Children are also extremely unlikely to be hospitalized or have a severe case of COVID-19. The seasonal flu poses a greater risk.
  • Reflect On:
    • Is the public being properly educated on facts such as this that provide a proper risk/benefit analysis of COVID vaccination in children?
    • Are parents being made to feel their children are at much higher risk of COVID than is actually true?

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The risks of severe illness and death from COVID for children has not been put in context of other risks. Right now, many parents are stricken with fear and worry about their child contracting COVID. Putting COVID in the context of other risks may help change the perspective of parents and also question whether or not making COVID vaccines mandatory for children is the right decision.

When it comes to morality risk to children, COVID-19 has a lower annual mortality risk than car accidents, influenza, and for 5-14 year olds, suicide (Leonhardt, 2021). In fact, the survival rate of COVID for people under the age of 19 according to recent pre-print study by two Stanford scientists is nearly 100 percent.

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