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30 pct of children hospitalized with COVID-19 had no symptoms

  • September 10, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:23 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)–Some 30 pct of hospitalized COVID-19 patients aged under 18 in Japan had no symptoms, a team of researchers said Friday.


Of 1,038 child COVID-19 patients whose hospitalizations were reported between January 2020 and February 2021, 308, or 29.7 pct, showed no symptoms, according to the team.


Most of the other children had mild symptoms, said the team of researchers from the National Center for Child Health and Development and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine.


Of the symptomatic cases, with multiple answers allowed, 37.1 pct had coughs, 29.5 pct had runny noses and 13.0 pct had taste disorders. These symptoms were found especially in those aged under 2 and 13 or older.


The researchers found that there were only 15 children who needed to receive oxygen and that none died from the coronavirus.


The children were hospitalized for a median length of eight days, according to the team.


The team said that children’s risk of developing severe symptoms from the delta variant is unknown since the research was conducted before its spread in Japan.


“The results will be a valuable resource when considering the delta variant’s effects on children,” an official at the National Center for Child Health and Development said.

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