SarSCoV2 infection runs faster and faster among young people and the very young, among whom there is an even triple incidence of Covid cases, and hospitalizations for this age group are increasing.
With a data that worries: the under-20s hospitalized in intensive care from the beginning of the epidemic to January 5 have reached the figure of 268. Based on these data, pediatricians therefore reiterate the importance of vaccination even for children.
"The incidence of cases in the age group between 5 and 19 years - explains the mathematician Giovanni Sebastiani of the Institute for Calculus Applications 'M. Picone' of the CNR - is 2-3 times higher than that of the other age groups. contagion travels much faster in these age groups ". This is confirmed by the Italian Society of Pediatrics (Sip). From the beginning of the epidemic to 5 January, the SIP notes on the basis of the latest data from the Higher Institute of Health Report, 268 under-19s were hospitalized in intensive care for Covid, compared to 263 hospitalized from the beginning of the epidemic to December 28. In the last week there have therefore been 5 new admissions to intensive care for this age group. The highest numbers are recorded in theages 16-19 and under 3 years.
In particular, the number of persons under 3 years of age hospitalized in intensive care from the beginning of the epidemic to 5 January are 68; in the 3-5 year range they are 24; in the 6-11 range there are 39; in the 12-15 age group they are 61 and in the 16-19 years old they are equal to 76. Serious cases are therefore recorded even among the smallest: "From these data - reiterates the president of the SIP Annamaria Staiano - it emerges that we cannot exclude severe events Covid-19 also in children and it must be reiterated that the only effective protection is the vaccine. At the moment the vaccine is the only real weapon we have at our disposal ".
Not only that, children must also be monitored after the disease, because there are various possible risks.
A new alarm comes in this regard from the Ame endocrinologists medical association, which notes that children recovered from Covid are more at risk of diabetes.
A recent report by the US Center for the Control and Prevention of CDC disease, the experts explain, confirms the association between Covid-19 infection and the onset of type 1 diabetes in the youth population.
"It remains to be verified whether it is a real increase in the disease or an early onset in predisposed subjects. Only observation in the next few years - concludes Franco Grimaldi, president of Ame - will be able to give us answers in this sense".