The CDC estimates only 1 in 50,000 pediatric COVID cases end in death
There have been 3,943,407 reported cases of COVID in in children, with 300 deaths (ages 0-17, as of 5/26). Because not all cases are reported, the CDC estimates the case fatality rate in children age 0-17 is 1 in 50,000.
Underlying conditions complicate 75% of pediatric COVID deaths
Among pediatric COVID deaths, 75% had at least one underlying medical condition, and 45% had two or more underlying medical conditions [most frequently reported medical conditions were chronic lung disease (28%), obesity (27%), neurologic and developmental conditions (22%), and cardiovascular conditions (18%)].
Children are 36 times more likely to die from an injury than COVID
Comparing 2019 mortality statistics with COVID statistics from March 2020-April 2021, a child was:
- 24% more likely to die of COVID than from flu the previous year (but flu, though less prevalent, was 2x more deadly per case)
- Equally likely to die in a fire
- 3x more likely to drown
- 7x more likely to die of cancer
- 9x more likely to die in car accident
- 36x more likely to die from injury, in general
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