COVID Symptom Study Reveals Delta Variant Not Worse for Children than Alpha in the UK

COVID Symptom Study Reveals Delta Variant Not Worse for Children than Alpha in the UK

A large group of researchers led by scientists from King’s College London designed a study to investigate the differences between the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 and other novel coronavirus variants. They sought out to do this study because the differences between the two were unknown. Called the prospective COVID Symptom Study, the team evaluated the records of 109,626 school-aged children in the United Kingdom (UK) between December 28, 2020, and July 8, 2021. Children participants were symptomatic with COVID-19 and tested positive and were thereafter “proxy-reported” on at least a weekly basis for two periods, including 1) Alpha (B.1.1.7) during the period December 28, 2020, to May 6, 2021, and then 2) Delta between May 26 to July 8, 2021. Overall, the King’s College London investigators found some differences between the two variants, but, in both cases, few children became hospitalized as long-COVID symptoms were unusual. While the popular press seeks to convey the Delta variant as far worse than the previous Alpha variant in the UK, the data from this study indicate that is just not the reality. Rather, COVID-19 in UK school-aged children due to SARS-CoV-2 infection regardles...

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