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ONS Data on COVID-19 deaths in children is reliable, and increasingly of concern (Re: "Deaths in children and young people in England after SARS-CoV-2 infection during the first pandemic year")
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  • Tom Lawton,
  • Deepti Gurdasani,
  • Stephen Griffin,
  • James Neill
Tom Lawton
Bradford Institute for Health Research
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Deepti Gurdasani
Queen Mary University of London
Stephen Griffin
University of Leeds
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James Neill
Long Covid Kids
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Abstract

The recently published “Deaths in children and young people in England after SARS-CoV-2 infection during the first pandemic year”1 attempts to unpick the issue of paediatric deaths “with” versus “from” COVID-19, additionally reporting on pre-existing comorbidities of the children and young people (CYP) who died after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Linking data from the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD), hospital data from the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), and PICU audit data, the authors have re-examined deaths in CYP after a COVID-19 diagnosis using these datasets. However, whilst data on any pre-existing conditions may be useful to identify the children at highest risk from COVID-19, we have some concerns around the methodology and presentation of the first part of this study.