New cases of COVID-19 in the United States have declined 35 percent since the beginning of last month, with positive infections in children declining even in the absence of a vaccine available for those under the age of 12.
The US averages about 107,000 new daily cases, compared to more than 150,000 on September 1.
More than 173,000 new cases were reported in children in the week to 30 September, and about 850,000 new cases were reported in the last four weeks.
Pfizer is expected to file emergency use of its vaccine for children under the age of 12 with the Food and Drug Administration in the next few weeks.
Experts say the dwindling numbers show that vaccines are working, and vaccinating young children will help prevent any future waves of the virus.
Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said: “It is encouraging news that we are seeing a decline in pediatric cases despite the absence of vaccines because it means we can control the spread of the virus among adults.” You can do a lot by doing that.” said Washington Post.
According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of new COVID cases in children remains “extraordinarily high”.
The dwindling numbers were welcome news in the week that the US death toll rose to 700,000 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
A study by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data Children and adolescents in 2021 were found to have peaked in January, fell in June and increased in August.
The weekly Covid-19 hospitalization rate follows a similar pattern.
The delta wave experienced in southern states such as Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi has followed a similar pattern to places such as the United Kingdom and India, where the spike in cases was followed by a sharp decline.
Experts believe this pattern occurs when the virus comes to infect fewer new people, as most have been vaccinated or have already caught the disease.
Hospitalization rates among the entire population are also falling, with approximately 75,000 people currently hospitalized, compared to more than 93,000 in early September.
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