New Covid Statistics Show that Only 6 Healthy Children Died from the Virus in the Pandemic’s First Year
The latest NHS data that has finally been revealed, confirms what so many were already so insistent about, that Covid is not a virus that affects healthy children. Only 6 healthy children have been found to have died from the virus out of the 25 who died between February 2020 and March 2021.
The chances of dying from the virus has been rated by those who compiled the study as 1 in 500,000. It is still shocking that 6 healthy children succumbed to this dreadful disease though. 4 of the children were killed completely by the virus, with the other 2 being victim to the Kawasaki-like disease called Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome Temporally.
Of course this data release does make even more questions surround whether or not it was right to insist that health children between the ages of 12 – 16 were given the vaccine.
How do Covid deaths compare to normal children’s deaths?
Of course if you are one of the 25 parents who have gone through the tragedy of losing a child to Covid, there are no words to make it any better. However there are normally around 3,000 deaths per year of young people, so to lose 25 to Covid is relatively very few. The children who have died generally were those who would always have been susceptible to winter viruses like flu. The deaths had from Covid were no different to those that would have ordinarily have happened in a year with no Covid.
What can you do to help protect healthy children against Covid?
The virus typically spreads when people come in contact with the bodily fluids (i.e., saliva, blood, vomit, and/or stool) of an infected person. Children under five years old are most at risk for severe consequences if infected. Prevention best practices recommended by Covid include: wash your hands often; use a facemask when around sick people; and avoid touching your mouth and nose. The CDC advises that health care providers do everything they can to protect their patients from the virus.
Helping your child to get into exercise
Exercise can be a valuable tool to help your child get through the anxiety and stress of waiting for an infectious disease to develop. It can also help to make them feel stronger, more capable, more in control, and less worried about developing the virus. Evidence suggests that exercise even helps reduce their risk of developing certain types of cancer. Getting your children to exercise is not always easy. One way to entice them into exercising is by playing a game that will help improve their athletic abilities. You can also involve your child in family activities that will get them moving, like biking or hiking. If you’re really stuck, you can always set fitness goals with your child and offer rewards for sticking with the plan.
Encouraging your child to eat healthier foods
Encourage your child to eat a healthy diet. This includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, and low-fat or non-fat dairy products. It is important that your child consumes enough sugar from natural fruit sources such as bananas, applesauce, raisins, and grapefruit juice. You can provide your child with occasional treats such as cake and ice cream.
Encouraging your child to eat healthier foods will get them a better immune system and also help them to feel better about themselves. Certainly a diet heavy in sugar and junk foods can help to cause depression in children and this coupled with a lack of exercise can cause obesity, which is a big risk factor in developing serious complications from Covid.
What are the best healthy food for children?
A recent report made it clear that most children are not getting enough vitamin D or omega-3s, both which are key for good health. As we go into winter it is more important than ever to get enough vitamin D especially when we get less sun and less time outdoors.
Even though there were so few children killed by Covid, this does not mean that we should forget that the health of our children is still crucial to how they react to this killer virus. the report does not allude to how many children were very ill at home or admitted to hospital later leaving. With a virus that we know attacks the obese and those with low immunity it is crucial that as parents we do all that we can to help our children lead healthier and more active lives. This in turn will not only help to protect them from Covid but also from the abundance of mental health issues just waiting for them in their teenage years.