Wow, Omicron Stealth BA.2 Increases Child Death Risk? These are Research Findings

Suara.com – The stealth Omicron subvariant BA.2 is the cause of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in a number of countries, including Hong Kong and America.

Called more contagious, recent research also suggests stealth Omicron increases the risk of death and the long-term effects of Covid-19 in pediatric patients. Wow!

In a study conducted by the University of Hong Kong, the stealth Omicron subvariance was found to have caused 1,147 children to be hospitalized with 4 of them dying.

The 4 pediatric patients who died became the first child deaths due to Covid-19 in Hong Kong, which previously successfully contained the Delta variant of Covid-19 infection.

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Illustration of the stealth Omicron corona virus.  (pixabay)
Illustration of the stealth Omicron corona virus. (pixabay)

Citing Medical Daily, researchers found that the Omicron stealth BA.2 subvariant increased the risk of death 6 to 7 times compared to influenza and other similar diseases.

Meanwhile, compared to other variants of the Corona virus (alpha and delta), the risk of children being critical and requiring ICU care increased up to 18 times due to the stealth Omicron subvariance.

In addition to death and ICU care, the Omicron stealth BA.2 subvariant also increased the child’s risk of having seizures by up to 4 times. This is an important finding given that there are no reports of convulsions in other Covid-19 variants.

Researchers also say there is a risk of severe complications such as brain enlargement, breathing problems, and severe cough.

“Broadly speaking, the stealth Omicron subvariance was at a higher risk of fatality in children,” the researchers wrote.

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Through this study, researchers emphasized the importance of vaccination for all groups, including high-risk groups such as children and the elderly.