- COVID-19 cases among US children fell for the fifth consecutive week last week, falling 14% to 148,222, a new report finds
- This is the first time in almost two months that children have less than 150,000 weekly infections.
- The biggest reduction was in the south, where cases have fallen by 60% in the past month, from about 135,000 in a week to nearly 50,000.
- The death of children has not come down yet, for the second week in a row, 22 children are dying due to this virus.
- Parents are split 50/50 on whether or not to vaccinate their children as children make up less than 0.1% of all COVID deaths in the US
COVID-19 cases among children in the US continue to decline as the delta-fueled summer surge reaches its end.
Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) It is reported that 148,222 children tested positive for Covid during the week ending October 7.
This is a 14 percent decrease from 173,469 who contracted the virus last week and a 40 percent drop from a record-high of 251,781 in the week ended September 2.
Cases in children have decreased for five consecutive weeks.
Last week was the first week since early August in which weekly Covid cases among under-18s dropped below 150,000 in a single week.
COVID-19 cases in children dropped 14% last week to 148,222 (up). This is the fifth consecutive week that there has been a decline in cases among children, and the lowest number of cases have been reported since the beginning of August.
Children now make up under one in every four Covid cases in the United States (above)
Covid deaths among children have remained consistent, however, with 22 children succumbing to the virus last week – the same as the week before.
While the raw number of cases falls in children, so does the share of total cases they make up.
Last week, children made up 24.8 per cent of the active Covid cases, which is down since August 12 and down from the 26.7 per cent cases they reported the week before.
Children account for just over 16 percent of the total cases detected during the pandemic.
Most of these cases are clustered in the south, although the Covid-stricken region has seen a sharp drop in young cases in recent weeks.
The South still accounts for more youth COVID cases than any other region, although there has been a 60% drop in cases compared to the previous month, accounting for most of the overall decrease.
COVID-19 cases in children rarely cause serious infection or death, with 2.5% of minors hospitalized and less than 1% of deaths due to the virus (file photo)
The AAP reports that around 50,000 youth Covid cases were detected in the south last week, the most of any geographic region.
It is still far from where the region was only a month ago, with nearly 135,000 cases reported in the week ending September 9 – meaning infections have fallen 60 percent over the past month.
The large gap between the South and other regions has narrowed, with about 45,000 cases being detected in the Midwest.
Children account for 16.3% of all cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year
Only a few weeks ago, the South was counting more than double the number of child Covid cases as any other region.
Some southern states are also among the leaders of states where children accounted for the largest share of Covid cases.
Four of the five states — Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia — have seen children account for more than 22 percent of all cases with Vermont being the fifth state.
Alabama, Florida and Utah have reported the lowest proportion of cases in children, at just over 12 percent.
Minors account for 2.5 percent of all Covid hospitalizations during the pandemic, and just under one percent of children who catch the virus require hospitalization.
A total of 23,071 children have been hospitalized due to the virus, with 615 reported during the week.
Deaths among children are relatively low, however, 542 children have been recorded since the epidemic began, of which about 250 occurred after the rapid spread of the delta variant.
At no point during the pandemic have children ever accounted for more than one percent of COVID deaths.
A survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation noted that 19% of parents of children aged five to 11 said they only plan to vaccinate their children if their school requires it. and another 19% said their child would definitely not be vaccinated.
Some doctors have even suggested that children do not need vaccination because of their low risk of serious illness and death.
in April 2021 voteRun by the Kaiser Family Foundation, parents were asked whether they would vaccinate their child once a COVID-19 vaccine was authorized and available for their child’s age group.
Three in 10 parents – 29 percent – of children under 18 said they would get their child vaccinated ‘immediately’, while 15 percent said they only plan to vaccinate their children if the school requires it and 19 percent said their child will definitely not be vaccinated.
1 July 2021 SurveyMott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine last month, found that 39 percent of parents said their children have already received a coronavirus shot.
However, 40 percent of parents also said it was ‘unlikely’ that their children would be vaccinated