Child Mortality in England during the COVID-19 pandemic

Using data collected by Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) the NCMD has produced a paper looking at child mortality in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest global challenges faced in our lifetime. In England, by 30 June, over 244,336 people had tested positive for COVID-19, and over 39, 962 COVID19-related deaths had been identified. While publications reported little evidence for a significant excess mortality in children in the initial stages of the lockdown, there remained concerns of a hidden impact on the health of newborns, infants and children, with reports of adverse pregnancy outcomes, dramatic reductions in emergency hospital contacts, delayed presentation of serious illness, and increases in child maltreatment, malnutrition, and mental health problems.

This analysis aims to identify the number and characteristics of children dying of COVID-19 in England during the first wave of the pandemic, and to identify changes in rate of overall childhood mortality during the lockdown period, compared with the pre-lockdown period in 2020, and a comparable (pre-pandemic) period in 2019.

You can read the full paper here



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