According to estimates by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), newly confirmed coronavirus infections among children in the US are on the rise, reaching their highest level in a week last week.
The Academy on Monday announced that as of October 29, more than 853,000 children across the country were infected with COVID-19, with about 200,000 new cases reported in children in October alone.
Additionally, “in the one-week period ending October 29, there were 61,000 new childhood cases, greater than any previous week during the pandemic,” the AAP said in a press release. , note that the estimate is “likely to be small because children’s symptoms are usually mild and they may not have been tested for all illnesses”.
The AAP estimates are based on reports from health departments across 49 states and in New York City, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Data are aggregated weekly by AAP and the Children’s Hospital Association, according to the release.
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“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. 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 professionals ” .
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Although rare, some children infected with COVID-19 have developed the so-called Children’s Multifactor Inflammation Syndrome (MIS-C), an inflammatory condition similar to Kawasaki disease that causes swelling of the arteries throughout the body. body.
Many children with MIS-C – which cause inflammation in the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or digestive organs – have been infected with a new type of coronavirus or have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19, experts health said.
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MIS-C can also cause persistent fever, rash, vomiting and diarrhea, among other symptoms like red tongue and eyes.
“In every way – new infections, hospitalization and death – America is going in the wrong direction,” Goza added. “We call on policymakers to listen to doctors and public health experts rather than the unfounded accusations against them. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have put their lives first to protect our community. We can all do our part to protect them and our communities, by wearing a mask, exercising away and getting flu shots. “