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While most children with coronavirus have no symptoms or are mild, they are still at risk of developing “severe” symptoms that require hospitalization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .
Hispanic and Black children in particular are more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, with Hispanic children eight times more hospitalized than white children, while black children are more likely to be hospitalized. 5 times higher.
Despite persistent rumors that children are nearly “immune” to the virus, the analysis results of 576 children hospitalized for the virus in 14 states. found that one in three people were admitted to the ICU – similar rates in adults. Nearly one fifth of them are infants under 3 months. The most common symptoms include fever and chills, inability to eat, nausea, and vomiting.
The finding comes as school districts across the country are looking to educate the nation’s children while still protecting children, teachers, and family members from the devastation of the virus. The American Federation of Teachers says it considers direct attendance to be safe only if less than 5% of coronavirus tests in a region are positive.
Researchers do not fully understand why some racial groups are hospitalized at a higher rate than others. However, the CDC’s findings are consistent with other studies, the report’s authors said, citing a recent analysis from the Baltimore-District of Columbia area showing that Hispanics were infected with COVID- 19 more than other groups.
“It has been hypothesized that Hispanic adults may increase the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection because they work too much on the front line (eg, jobs are needed and served directly). by reducing the chances of social distancing, this could also affect the children living in those households, ”the CDC researchers wrote.
The researchers wrote that underlying medical conditions could contribute to children’s hospitalization, noting that Hispanic and black children were more likely to develop diseases such as obesity.
If there is any good news, the researchers say, is that even among children hospitalized with severe COVID-19 complications, the mortality rate remains low.
A separate study in the journal Pediatrics also shows racial and socioeconomic disparities in children and young adults tested for COVID-19 in Washington, DC. Hispanic children are 6 times more likely to test positive for the virus than white children; Black children are four times more likely.
Ultimately, the CDC concludes, it is important to continue prevention efforts wherever children gather, in particular schools and childcare centers.