On Friday 26 February a document was presented by the ISS, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Focus on the developmental age) which showed how the incidence of Covid cases starting from the end of January in age group under 20 has surpassed – for the first time since the start of the pandemic – that of the elderly population.
This trend was also confirmed in the following month of February.
L’incidence in the months of January and February, therefore, around 150 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants were attested, with the highest rate recorded among subjects aged 13-19 (almost 200 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants). The absolute total of the infected under 20 years old exceeded 106,000 in November and dropped to around 61.00 in December and January.
Few very serious cases
As regards the severity of the cases, however, the mild ones represent 60% of the cases, while there are very few very serious cases. There were eight deaths in November.
An alarm bell
Are children immune to Covid? These numbers are more of a wake-up call, because in many cases these infections have contributed to the development of real outbreaks within the various schools, where children and young people must come into contact for a prolonged time and in limited spaces, albeit regulated by strict provisions for physical distancing. An example of this is the Lombard case of the city of Arese and the Milanese district of Fourth Oggiaro, where there has been a boom in infections from English variant in schools, probably linked to the concomitant outbreak that broke out in the nearby town of Branded.