Great new piece in @FT about omicron and how its affecting younger children Reassuring that the picture we're seeing in the UK is reflected in UK and France at least - more admissions but mainly very mild illness 1/ ft.com/content/28be9d3f-0b12…

Jan 18, 2022 · 10:39 AM UTC

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Despite omicron looking to be inherently milder than delta, there is a clear difference between how increasing rates of infections translate into admissions in adults vs younger children - likely reflecting very different levels of population immunity 2/
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Reports from US, UK and France align on omicron looking more likely normal respiratory pathogens in infants Rather than the occasional severe lung disease in vulnerable children, we are seeing more frequent mild illness in younger kids and lower rates of ICU admission 3/
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Importantly, although rates of omicron have risen, it is no where near what we are used to seeing on a normal year for our usual respiratory bugs in children #COVID19 is still not a major issue in paediatrics despite the current wave 4/
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This can be seen in NYC where despite covid admissions having risen significantly, it is not placing any pressure on beds (in fact total admissions are generally falling despite a rise in covid cases) 5/
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Even better (if slightly strange) news is that despite cases still climbing, #COVID19 hospitalisations in <5s have recently had their biggest drop in England since January 2021 I can't explain why 6/
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Over the next few weeks we will be watching for an increase in rates of PIMS-TS/MIS-C Since <5s are affected less often than older children, and since most children aged >5 have been infected before omicron, there is hope that rates should remain relatively low 7/
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What a terrible fail that this once again calls Omicron mild and completely neglects to mention the devastation we are facing from widespread long COVID in both adults and kids. THIS IS NOT MILD👇🚨👇🚨👇
Major @NIH study finds COVID can quickly disseminate & infect multiple organs, including brain, & remain for months (likely, we will learn, years). Even in mild/ asymptomatic cases. If you don’t understand why mass-infection is catastrophic, read this. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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Replying to @apsmunro @FT
Nice thread. So should under 5s have to isolate and miss a week of school? My Son (4.5 yrs) has zero symptoms (I do not know if omicron but 2 x pos LFD). The colds he has had from school have been much worse and he’s flu vaccinated. Or is he just lucky?
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No that is pretty common It is unfortunate that they currently have to isolate and miss school, but fortunately in UK now can come out of isolation from day 5 if LFT negative Hopefully in the not-too-distant future there will be no isolation requirement
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Check his timeline and extrapolate. In a couple of weeks he'll write: - Reassuring that those kids who died didn't suffer for too long - Reassuring that even with brain fog kids can still attend school (at least for one or two hours per day) - ...
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