More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with Covid-19 last week – more than any other week during a pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association said on Monday.
In total, 853,635 children were diagnosed with the virus this year, representing 11.1% of all cases in the United States. The proportion of pediatric cases has increased steadily since mid-April, when children accounted for only 2% of Covid-19 cases in the country.
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“This is a clear reminder of the impact this pandemic has had on everyone ̵1; including our children and adolescents,” said Dr. Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. , said in a press release. Organize weekly updates on the number of children infected with Covid-19, using state health department data.
The Foundation says they believe that the actual number of children with Covid-19 is higher because the disease tends to be mild in children and because they may not always be checked.
It is reported that children account for less than 3.5% of current Covid-19 hospital admissions. As of Thursday, 121 children have died.
The figure does not include a 13-year-old boy who died over the weekend in Missouri, less than two weeks after he last attended class. In a statement provided by the boy’s school district, his family urged everyone to wear masks, wash their hands regularly, and follow social isolation guidelines.
“Covid-19 is real and they want to remind students and parents to take these precautions in and out of school,” the statement said.
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A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that in October, the largest increase in Covid-19 pediatric cases – growing by 25% or more – occurred mainly in the western states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana , New Mexico and Utah. Dakotas, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin also reported more child growth.
Dr. Greg Demuri, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, said: “It just went from awful to even worse. “There doesn’t seem to be any ending in sight.”
Demuri said UW Health is currently witnessing new cases of Covid-19 hospitalized daily. According to NBC News data, the total number of cases in the state has increased 88% in the past two weeks.
“We are entering a rising wave of infections across the country,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the AAP Committee for Infectious Diseases. “We encourage holiday family gatherings to be avoided where possible, especially if there are high-risk people in the family.”
“In every way – new infections, hospitalizations and death – America is going in the wrong direction,” Goza said.
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