Child COVID-19 cases cross 100,000 for 15th consecutive week
According to a recent report, there has been a 32% increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases as compared to two weeks ago.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Association, wrote that about 6.8 million children have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began on November 18, using state-level case data.
“About 142,000 babies were added this week, an increase of about 32% compared to two weeks ago,” groups wrote, “There has been a decline in cases of children since the peak of 252,000 in the week of September 2, but the cases of COVID among children are much higher.”
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For the 15th week in a row, the cases of COVID-19 in children are more than one lakh and since the first week of September, more than 17 lakh additional child cases have been reported.
Since the start of the pandemic, children have represented 16.9% of the total cumulative cases and children accounted for 25.1% of the weekly COVID-19 cases reported for the week ending November 18.
The total rate of child COVID-19 cases up to that date was 8,992 cases per 100,000 children in the population. Children under the age of 18 reportedly make up 22.2% of the US population.
From November 11 to 18, 141,905 child COVID-19 cases were reported and children represented 25.1% of the first weekly reported cases.
In the two weeks from November 4 to November 18, there was a 4% increase in the cumulative number of children’s COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
While the AAP and CHA said the age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was provided on the websites of 49 state health departments, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, a small subset of the states, reported hospitalizations. reported incidence and mortality. by age.
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In 24 states and New York City, children accounted for 1.7% to 4.0% of their total cumulative hospitalizations; 0.1%-1.9% of all their child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization.
In 45 states, New York City, Puerto Rico and Guam, children accounted for 0.00% to 0.25% of all COVID-19 deaths and .00% to 0.03% of all COVID-19 cases.
Available data indicates that hospitalization and death in children associated with COVID-19 is uncommon and – at this time – it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is also uncommon.
“However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on the long-term effects of the pandemic on children, including the extent to which the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children as well as its emotional and mental health effects.” stated in the report.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes Children aged 0-17 have been reported to have fewer cases than adults, highlighting that children are less affected by the disease than adults, children can become ill and others can be exposed to COVID- 19 can spread.
Children with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of serious illness.
Hospitalization rates associated with COVID-19 are also lower in children of all ages than adults, although some children develop acute symptoms or develop later. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) in Children,
Everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.