What is the current evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic in children in France? Looking more closely at the figures from Public Health France, we see that young people under 20 are relatively spared from the coronavirus even if cases and serious forms have increased with Omicron. 278 children aged 9 and under are currently hospitalized in France.
While vaccination of 5-11 year olds began in December 2021, the spread of Covid-19 is now reported very frequently among children under 12. In France, however, surveillance data show that children are less affected by Covid-19 disease. They represented less than 1% of hospitalized patients at the start of the epidemic and up to almost 10% during the Omicron wave.
Age categories under 20 always present less risk of developing a serious form of Covid-19 but can facilitate the circulation of the virus in the general population. Nevertheless, even if this population seems more spared, the epidemic remains no less deadly.
Since the start of the epidemic, a total of 89 deaths of children under the age of 19 diagnosed with Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infection have been recorded according to Santé Publique France, of which 38 were under 5. years, 22 were between 5 and 11 years old and 29 between 12 and 17 years old. Figures updated to July 23, 2022.
48 patients under the age of 9 infected with Covid-19 have died in France since the start of the pandemic. In total, the toll of the youngest victims amounts to 86 patients under 20 years of age.
An increase in the number of deaths was recorded between January and March 2022, in connection with the major increase in contaminations and hospitalizations, observed from November 2021 among those under 18 years of age.
How many children are infected with the coronavirus in France?
In terms of hospitalizations, according to data en date of July 26, 2022, 278 children aged 9 and under are hospitalized in France. 190 young adults aged between 10 and 20 are also hospitalized on July 26 with an increase of 6 patients in one week in this age group. In total, on July 26, 468 children under the age of 20 were still hospitalized in France.
Figures which remain high although far from the peak recorded on January 25, 2022, when 628 children under the age of 10 were hospitalized in France because of Covid-19.