Bundle N, Dave N, Pharris A, Spiteri G, Deogan C, Suk JE, Study group members
Euro Surveill 26 (50) - [2021-12-00; online 2021-12-18]
We estimated risks of severe outcomes in 820,404 symptomatic paediatric COVID-19 cases reported by 10 European Union countries between August 2020 and October 2021. Case and hospitalisation rates rose as transmission increased but severe outcomes were rare: 9,611 (1.2%) were hospitalised, 640 (0.08%) required intensive care and 84 (0.01%) died. Despite increased individual risk (adjusted odds ratio hospitalisation: 7.3; 95% confidence interval: 3.3-16.2; intensive care: 8.7; 6.2-12.3) in cases with comorbidities, most (83.7%) hospitalised children had no comorbidity.