Coronavirus Infection Rate Among Children Surges as Schools Reopen

Between April and September, the number of children infected with the corona virus increased dramatically, and in the last two weeks alone, more than 14% of schools – according to new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association Together, an addition reopened across the country.

“This growing number is of great concern to us, as children’s issues reflect the growing virus in our societies,” said Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Although children are not usually as infected with the corona virus as adults, they are not immune and there is much to learn about how easily they can pass it on to others.”

In light of state health department data, the researchers analyzed the five-month trends reported by COVID-19 and found that the number of infected children was 2.2% of all total cases reported nationwide in April. Increased to 10% of all cases in September.

In particular, in the last eight weeks, children represented between 12% and 16% of new cases reported each week, according to the study. In the two-week period from September 10 to September 24, more than 75,000 new baby cases were reported – a 14% increase in child cases in two weeks.

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September 24, authorities reported 624,890 cases of COVID-19 in children, representing 10.5% of all cases.

The new figures come after the New York Times reported that senior White House officials were pressuring disease control and prevention centers to reduce the risk of sending children back to school. And forced public health professionals to use alternative data to suppress it. That children are at little risk from the epidemic.

Children’s hospitalizations and serious infections are still rare, despite an increase in cases: As of September 10, children represented 1.7% of total hospital admissions and 0.07% of total deaths. Only 0.01% of children died.

The study found a significant variation in the growth of cases by region: in April, there was an increase in cases in the Northeast. In June, cases increased in the south and west, followed by a rise in the Midwest in mid-July.

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Researchers emphasize that data is limited because states differ in reporting it, and it is not known how many children are infected but have not been tested. Is. In addition, he said, it is not clear how much the incidence in children has increased due to the increase in testing ability – although not all data given to children from CDC data from government and commercial labs. Tests appear to have remained stable, about 5% to 7%, since the end of April.

“We will continue to keep a close eye on children’s issues, which is on the rise,” Goza said. “We encourage parents to call their pediatrician and enroll their children in the office for good visits and vaccinations, especially now that some schools are reopening and the flu season has arrived.”


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