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Children’s COVID-19 cases up 32% from two weeks ago, pediatricians report

Children’s COVID-19 cases up 32% from two weeks ago, pediatricians report

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According to recent research, the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases has increased by 32% compared with two weeks earlier.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Association, used state-level case data, writing that almost 6.8 million children have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began, as of Nov. 18. 

The groups stated that nearly 142,000 cases of child were created this week, an increase in 32% over the previous two weeks. Although child cases are down from a high of 252,000 in the week ending Sept. 2, COVID cases remain very high among children.”

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The number of child COVID-19 child cases has risen to over 100,000 for the fifteenth week in a row. Since the beginning of September there have been more that 1.7 million child cases.

Since the onset of the pandemic, children have represented 16.9% of total cumulated cases and children were  25.1% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases for the week ending on Nov. 18.

At that time, the overall child COVID-19 case rate was 8.992 per 100,000 children. According to reports, 22.2% of Americans are under the age 18.

The reporting of child COVID-19 case reports was up from Nov. 11, to the 18th. This is 25.1% more than the previous weekly reported cases. 

In the 2 weeks that ran from November 4 to Nov 18, the cumulative number of COVID-19 child cases rose by 4% since the start of the pandemic.

Although the AAP, CHA and Guam stated the age distribution of COVID-19 patients was reported by 49 states, New York City and the District of Columbia as well as Puerto Rico and Guam’s health departments, a small subset of states also reported mortality rates and hospitalizations by age.

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The number of children admitted to hospitals in New York City and 24 other states was between 1.7% and 4.0%. 0.1%-1.9% were child COVID-19-related.

Children were responsible for 0.00% to 0.255% of COVID-19-related deaths in 45 states (New York City, Puerto Rico, Guam) and between.00% and 0.03% of child COVID-19 case fatalities.

Available data indicates COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children 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 longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects,” the report said. 

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that fewer COVID-19 cases were reported among children aged 0-17 than in adults. This shows that, while they are less likely to be affected than their parents, it is possible for children to get sick and pass the virus on. 

Severe illness is more common in children with existing medical conditions.

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Children are less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons than adults of any age, even though some children may develop severe symptoms later. Multisystem inflammatory Syndrome for Children (MIS-C).,

Everybody aged 5 or older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Source: FoxNews.com

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