We found extremely low numbers of children and youth (aged 0-17 ) required pediatric intensive care unit
or died as a result of SARS-CoV-2 in the first pandemic year.

The 25 young people who died of SARS-CoV-2 equates to a mortality rate of 2/million for the 12,023,568 children and young living in England.


For context the risk of death in car accidents for those 15-24 ranges from 20 to 60 per million depending on country

However rate of suicide attempts for children and adolescents increased by 22 per cent during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic. Specifically, we found that on average, in any given emergency department setting, there were 102 child and adolescent visits per month for suicide attempts before the pandemic, which increased to 125 during the months of the pandemic in Canada

The pandemic has been difficult for many, and the results of our study highlight just how difficult, and potentially fatal, it has been for children and adolescents.