Non-pharmaceutical Interventions Virtually Eliminate Seasonal Increase in Paediatric Medical Deaths in 2021 USA Winter – Apr 23

A research paper concludes that non-pharmaceutical mitigations were so effective that “In that winter of 2021, the usual seasonal increase in medical causes of childhood mortality was effectively eliminated.”

The authors explain that “During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigation policies and behaviors were widespread, and although vaccinations and effective treatments were not yet widely available, the risk of death from SARS-CoV-2 infection was low. In that first year, there was a 7% decrease in medical (“natural causes”) mortality among children ages 0-9 during the first pandemic year (5% among infants <1 year and 15% among children ages 1-9) in the United States, resulting in an estimated 1,488 deaths due to medical causes averted among children ages 0-9, and 1,938 deaths averted over 24 months.”

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