Children More at Risk with Delta Variant Given Indian Second Wave of COVID-19: Data Reveals this as Myth

Children More at Risk with Delta Variant Given Indian Second Wave of COVID-19 Data Reveals this as Myth

With the second wave of the pandemic in India, what’s often heard around the world is the increased risk to young people, the fact that those under 21 are more at risk with the Delta variant than previous versions of the pathogen. But is this actually true or, more succinctly, does the data back this claim? As it turns out, this isn’t the case and, in fact, recently addressing popular fears, joint secretary in the health ministry of India Lav Agarwal declared, “There is no need to panic about children getting infected in successive waves.” So what’s going on then? What does the data tell us about this latest wave in India, driven in part by the Delta variant?

This data arises from a Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare briefing, recently widely covered by the Indian press. Leadership shared data on the actual age-related distribution to date. While in North America, the popular belief is that this second wave in India has impacted children far more than previously, this simply isn’t true based on what India’s health leadership presents.

Starting with people in the age cohort of 31 to 40 years old in the first wave covering July to December 2020, the total infection ra...

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