Medscape and WebMD Continue to Claim That 12% of Children With COVID Are Hospitalized

The article came out about a month ago with this title: 12% of Children With COVID Are Hospitalized, Study Says. There were 29 comments, most of which criticized the misleading title. Why? Well, the article starts out with a bang:

About 12% of U.S. children with COVID-19 were hospitalized in 2020, and nearly a third of those had severe disease that required mechanical ventilationor admission to an intensive care unit, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open on Friday.

Really? Then why does the last paragraph in the article say this?

Children represent about 13.5% of the COVID-19 cases in the country, according to the report. Among the 24 states that provide data, children represented 1% to 3% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations, and less than 2% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization.

So why the contradiction. Well, it seems Carolyn Crist, the author, doesn’t know statistics. Here is were she came up with the 12%.

More than 20,700 children with COVID-19 had an in-patient or emergency department visit, and 2,430 were hospitalized with COVID-19.

It seems that OF THE 20,700 kids who went to the hospital there were 2430 hospitalizations. What the author doesn’t seem to know is that MOST kids have minimal or no symptoms with COVID-19 so we don’t even know the denominator. She just looked at the sickest kids and made a clickbait headline. Shame on you because it perpetuates the fear around CV19 for kids which shouldn’t be.

But what about Medscape and WebMD? You have had a month to take this article down or fix it and you haven’t. Shame on you for being poorly trained and irresponsible. Do you not give a crap about the things you publish?

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