Deaths in children and young people in England after SARS-CoV-2 infection – first pandemic year

… coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is rarely fatal in children and young people (CYP, <18 years old)

… distinguish between CYP who died as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection

… died of another cause but were coincidentally infected with the virus

… a clinical review of all CYP deaths with a positive SARS-CoV-2 test from March 2020 to February 2021

… of 12,023,568 CYP living in England, 3,105 died

… including 61 who were positive for SARS-CoV-2

… 25 were due to SARS-CoV-2 infection (mortality rate, two per million)

… 22 due to coronavirus disease 2019

… 3 were due to pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2

… 99.995% of CYP with a positive SARS-CoV-2 test survived

… the main risk factor for death, as 76% had chronic conditions, 64% had multiple comorbidities and 60% had life-limiting conditions