More than 61,000 children test positive with COVID-19 last week, October 22 to October 29. That was the highest level number of children diagnosed in a week from the start of the pandemic. These numbers are disappointing and frightening, but not unexpected. After all, the US is facing another increase in coronavirus before we fully recover from the first two parts. On Wednesday, the country broke the record for the most recent number of COVID-19 infections in a day with 102,831 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracking data. This is the first time the country has passed 100,000 new cases a day.
Pediatric COVID-19 cases, reported by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), cannot be considered beyond the entire third wave. “This is a clear reminder of the impact this pandemic has had on everyone – including our children and adolescents,” said Sally Goza, president of the AAP, in a press release. New information posted.
“This virus is very contagious, and when we see a spike in many communities, children are also more likely to be infected,” Goza said. “We can help protect everyone in our community by keeping physical distance, wearing a mask and following other recommendations from our doctors and public health experts. . “
The 61,447 new COVID-19 cases reported last week came from 49 state health departments, New York City, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and Guam. Each site has a different definition of what is considered a pediatric case, with some diagnoses enumerating in everyone 20 years of age and younger and in others an age limit of 14.
Although cases of COVID-19 in children have reached unprecedented levels, in general children avoid the worst effects of coronavirus. Only 0.5% -6.7% of all children with COVID-19 were hospitalized that week, according to data from 24 states and New York City. Children only account for 1% -3.5% of total COVID-19 hospital admissions.
The risk of death is even lower for children. Children accounted for 0% -0.20% of deaths, according to data from 42 states and New York City. For each region, 0% -0.14% of children with COVID-19 died.
Children are more likely to have no symptoms or have milder symptoms than adults, so the total number of pediatric cases can be counted low, according to the AAP. However, the proportion of children infected with the disease hospitalized or killed is lower than what the data show.
The record number of cases among children is unlikely to happen as schools reopen. There’s no great data about it though outbreaks at school, the Evidence available suggests that schools are not coronavirus hotspots. Instead, as cases increase in everyone, they also increase in children. “These numbers reflect a disturbing increase in cases across the United States in all population groups, especially among young people,” said Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious diseases, said in a newsletter.
“I am very concerned about the long-term harm children can suffer, especially black and Hispanic children who are suffering from more infections,” adds Goza. “This not only includes children who test positive for the virus, but everyone in these communities is suffering disproportionate harm to their mental and emotional health.”
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