Kids more likely to be struck by lightning than die of coronavirus, study claims – Latest News

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Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter chairman of the Winton Centre for Risk at Cambridge University, argued that if no vaccine is found, then it may be better for younger people to continue with their everyday lives.

Scientists at Cambridge and Oxford have called for a “rational debate” basted on the “tiny” risk coronavirus poses to children.

Statistics from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Cambridge and Oxford universities suggest children are more likely to get hit by lightning than die of coronavirus in the UK

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter argues children will be better off by going back to school

Scientists at Cambridge and Oxford have called for a “rational debate” about children attending school

Children are more likely to get struck by lightening than die from Covid-19

Adding: “If, years in future, we don’t have a vaccine then we might have to think about how to protect those age groups most at risk while younger people can continue with their lives.”

School children under the age of 15 are more likely to be hit by lightning than die from coronavirus, figures from the universities of Cambridge and Oxford suggest.

He said previous generations had dealt with the issue by allowing youngsters to pick up infections when they were less dangerous.

“I’m not suggesting this is the public health solution to his, but if no vaccines come along you might be thinking that.

“I remember the pre-vaccination era and I was sent round to play with friends with measles, mumps and chickenpox.

Speaking at a briefing on the new ONS data, Professor Spiegelhalter, said: “In school kids aged five to 14 it’s not only a tiny risk, it’s a tiny proportion of the normal risk,” said Sir David, who is a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

“I don’t think that will ever involve encouraging people to get infected.”

“If, years in future, we don’t have a vaccine then we might have to think about how to protect those age groups most at risk while younger people can continue with their lives.

For under-5s, it is one in 1.7 million, less than the rate in which people are struck by lightening each year in Britain.

The coronavirus death rate in children for five to 14 year-olds in England and Wales is one in 3.5million.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states 30 and 60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain, a population risk of between one in 2.21 million and one in 1.1 million annually.

It comes as the Government’s approach to reopening schools was questioned by Cambridge University.

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter argues children will be better off by going back to school (Image: Getty Images)

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