2.6 It is, however, also clear that a minority of people who get COVID-19 will develop
complications severe enough to require hospital care 4 , most often pneumonia. In
a small proportion of these, the illness may be severe enough to lead to death 5 .
So far the data we have suggest that the risk of severe disease and death
increases amongst elderly people and in people with underlying health risk
conditions (in the same way as for seasonal flu) 6 7 . Illness is less common and
usually less severe in younger adults 8 . Children can be infected 9 and can have a
severe illness 10 , but based on current data overall illness seems rarer in people
under 20 years of age. So far, there has been no obvious sign that pregnant
women are more likely to be seriously affected 11 12 ....
7 Huang C, Wang Y, Li X, Ren L, Zhao J, Hu Y, Zhang L, Fan G, Xu J, Gu X, Cheng Z. Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. The Lancet. 2020 Jan 24