Currently, there is insufficient scientific data to determine the COVID-19 survival rate in children.
Speaking to PolitiFact, Jasmine Reed, CDC's spokesperson, explained that the public health agency had not published the COVID-19 survival rates for any age group. In addition, she said that the CDC did not have "the data to calculate survivability for COVID-19." The fact-checking organization also reported that Facebook flagged Jimenez's post as false news under its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Current evidence suggests that youngsters aged below 19 appear to be less affected by COVID-19 than adults. For instance, according to the CDC, COVID-19-positive children and adolescents are more likely to be asymptomatic or experience mild symptoms. However, presently no public health agency, including the World Health Organization, has published any data on the survival rate from COVID-19 for any age group.
A recent study in medRxiv found a large number of children experiencing long covid and requiring ongoing support. Therefore, we know that COVID-19 can have a dire impact on young adults and children.
Although Jimenez took the figures from the official CDC website, she failed to mention that the data did not estimate the COVID-19 survival rate for any age group. Therefore, the claim is misleading.
According to Reuters, countries like Germany, France, Sweden, and Italy will start immunizing children against COVID-19. Meanwhile, the U.S. has already begun vaccinating children over 12. As of June 28, 2021, more than 2 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.