A record 61,000 children in the United States tested positive for coronavirus last week, a worrying sign as the country struggles with increased infection rates in the U.S., health experts say. all age groups and a latent third wave of virus during the cool months of the year.
This number represents the highest number of coronavirus infections in children since the pandemic began, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Children’s Hospitals.
Although children often do not experience serious complications caused by viruses, researchers note that the long-term effects and complications of those who have the disease are still unknown.
Children can spread the virus even if they aren̵7;t seriously ill, says Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at Stanford University School of Medicine.
“These numbers reflect a disturbing rise in cases across the United States in all population groups, especially among young people,” Maldonado said. “We are entering a rising wave of infections across the country.”
The rise in cases comes as public health officials are concerned about a potential new wave of virus as winter approaches and as school districts across the country, including in California, are continues to grapple with what kind of teaching paradigms should be adjusted in the pandemic scene.
Also, as the holiday approaches, health professionals are encouraging Americans to rethink traditional family gatherings.
“We encourage holiday family gatherings to be avoided if possible, especially if there are high-risk people in the family,” says Maldonado.
According to the AAP report, nearly 100,000 California children have tested positive for coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The AAP warns that the number of reported cases is likely to be counted as low as many children may not be tested for the virus after being only mildly ill.
In California, 96,978 children aged 0 to 17 years tested positive for coronavirus through October 29. California is the state with the highest rates of childhood infections, although data from the state of New York does not. is included in the report because the state does not provide an age. -distribution number for cases of infection. New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States during the early months of the pandemic. In addition to the 49 states, the report includes data from Puerto Rico, Guam, Washington, DC and New York City.
The AAP says 853,635 childhood viral infections have been reported in the United States, representing 11.1% of total cases. California children account for 10.7% of the state’s 908,713 cases. Different states have different data on who are considered to be children, and not all states report age distributions for all cases, the AAP said.
“This is a clear reminder of the impact this pandemic has had on everyone – including our children and adolescents,” said AAP President Dr Sally Goza in a statement. Father. “This virus is very contagious, and as we see a surge in many communities, children are also more likely to become infected.
Low mortality: 121 children died in the states by age distribution for the deaths, plus New York City. Two children died in California, the AAP said.
But while the chances of death and serious complications for children are slim, researchers are concerned about the explosive increase in child cases seen in the past few weeks.
Michael Williams is a writer of the San Francisco Chronicle. Email Michael.Williams@sfchronicle.com or Twitter @Michaeldamianw.