Households with children were THREE times more likely to be affected by Covid than homes without young people when schools reopened last month, study shows
- REACT survey data showed that approximately 1.37% of households with children had Covid
- This compared to just 0.4% of adult-only households in September
- The number of infections increased in the past month among young people under the age of 18
Households with children were three times more likely to be affected by Covid than those without young people last month, according to more official data exposing the effect of the reopening of schools.
Data from the REACT study — which randomly tested more than 100,000 people between Sept. 9 and 27 — found that about 1.37 percent of homes with school-age children tested positive.
This compared with just 0.4 percent in adult-only households, the study from Imperial College London suggested.
Overall, the report found that the infection rate is increasing among those under the age of 18 and falling among those aged 18 to 54.
The prevalence in all age groups rose to 0.83 percent, from 0.63 percent last month.
Experts said the trends are reinforcing the need to vaccinate over the age of 12 – despite data suggesting that the number of infections is declining in more vulnerable adults.
But the numbers only cover until the end of last month, with more recent statistics showing that cases may have peaked in children but are starting to increase in older age groups.
Data from the Ministry of Health now shows that the number of positive tests has fallen in the past week among primary and middle-aged children.
Households with children were three times more likely to be affected by Covid than those without young people last month, according to more official data exposing the impact of the reopening of schools
Data from the REACT study — which randomly tested more than 100,000 people between Sept. 9 and 27 — showed that about 2.55 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds and 2.32 percent of children under 13 had the virus. last month
Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest infection levels, with 1.25 percent thought to have Covid last month
Daily Covid cases in Britain hit three-month high: infections rise 7% in a week to 42,776
Covid cases today hit a three-month high and hospital admissions rose again – but deaths fell.
The health ministry’s daily update found 42,776 positive tests across the country in the past 24 hours, up seven percent from the previous week.
The figure is the highest since July 21, when 44,104 infections were reported and marks the eighth day in a row of rising cases.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions rose 10.4 percent week-over-week to 754, while deaths fell five percent to 136.
Both measures are a few weeks behind the number of cases, due to the time it takes a person to become seriously unwell after contracting the virus.
It comes amid growing fears the fourth wave is just around the corner, with infections now popping up in every age group.
The REACT data last month showed that about 2.55 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds and 2.32 percent of children under 13 had the virus.
People aged 75 and older had the lowest prevalence rates: only 0.29 percent thought they were infected.
Professor Paul Elliott, director of the REACT program at Imperial’s School of Public Health, said: ‘Our latest data show that infections are high and increasing in school-aged children.
Households with children also had a higher prevalence of infections, suggesting that children may be passing on the virus to those they live with.
“These trends reinforce how important it is for children aged 12 and older to get vaccinated and help limit the spread of infection and minimize disruption to education.” Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest infection levels, with 1.25 percent thought to have Covid last month.
It was followed by the East Midlands (1.15 percent), West Midlands (1.01 percent) and North West (0.99 percent).
The lowest percentage was in the Southeast, where only 0.57 percent tested positive.
Professor Kevin McConway, professor emeritus of applied statistics at the Open University, said: In terms of overall patterns and trends in infection levels, the latest REACT-1 findings are broadly in line with what we have seen from other sources, including the ONS Covid- 19 Infection Research.
“The number of positive tests for the virus was generally slightly higher in September than in July, and increased slowly in part of September.
“But the percentage of testing positive, and the direction of the trend in testing positive, was very different from one age group to another, with an increase in children of school age and below, but decreasing, mostly, in age groups older than that.” .’