According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the number of COVID-19 cases in children within the States is far less than the record levels set at the beginning of the year. Children now account for a fifth of the latest coronavirus cases based on data gathered from states that release age-based coronavirus statistics. Find out more in this coronavirus news update.
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Coronavirus News Update: Children’s Share of Covid-19 Infections Has Grown In Recent Weeks
Only one year ago, COVID-19 cases in children made up only around 3 percent of the U.S. total; so this new data may surprise some people.
In the report ‘Children and COVID-19: State Data Report A joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association Summary of publicly reported data from 49 states, NYC, DC, PR, and G.U. Version: 4/29/21,’ 71,649 out of 319,601 cases of coronavirus infections within the last week were children representing 22.4 percent.
The AAP said Monday that the newest report, collated from data gathered through April 29, shows how children’s share of COVID-19 infections has grown in recent weeks.
Specialists tie the trend to many factors, the main one being the high vaccination rates among older Americans. The number of fully COVID-19 vaccinated Americans reached the 100 million milestone recently. However, other factors also come into play, including the untightening of restrictions on school activities and the new coronavirus variants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also makes a valid point; that within the U.S., for the overwhelming majority of the pandemic, the age bracket with the highest case rates has been 18 to 24.
Dr. Sean O’Leary, the vice-chair of the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado, spoke out.
New variants of the COVID-19 are circulating – the B.1.1.7 variant is more transmittable, so more people overall, including children, are getting it.
The demographics of who is infected is changing – 60 and older populations have largely been vaccinated across the country, so the numbers of those cases have dropped. The proportion of other people getting the virus will naturally rise.
More children are getting COVID-19, and there are more outbreaks because restrictions related to schools and activities have loosened.
The good news is that in the coming months, America should have the vaccine approved down to age 12 by the FDA, and that should make a difference in these dynamics.
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