According to fresh data released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Covid-19 cases in children are up 32% from two weeks ago.
There were at least 141,905 new cases among children for the week ending November 18, with youngsters accounting for a disproportionate number of the cases, accounting for more than a quarter of all new Covid-19 instances for the week. Children make about 22 percent of the US population.
When the virus initially became a known threat in the United States in early 2020, children accounted for less than 3% of verified cases. More than 6.8 million children have tested positive for Covid-19 since the outbreak began.
Cases for all age groups have been increasing in the last week. They had declined swiftly following a summer rise, but have begun to increase again, returning to levels last seen in August. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, this is not surprising.
According to the AAP study, the number of children with Covid-19 is still “very high.” This is the 15th week in a straight that the number of kid Covid-19 cases has exceeded 100,000.
Children are still less likely than adults to be hospitalized with Covid-19, but in states that report hospitalizations by age, children made up between 1.7 percent and 4.0 percent of those who needed to be treated in the hospital for Covid-19, a figure that has remained relatively consistent throughout the pandemic.
Only a small fraction of Covid-19 instances in children result in mortality. According to the most recent AAP report, six states reported no child fatalities with Covid-19. According to the research, 0.00% – 0.25 percent of all child Covid-19 instances resulted in death in jurisdictions reporting mortality by age. However, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 939 children have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the outbreak began.
Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccination is now available to children aged 5 and up. According to a Pfizer trial, the vaccine’s effectiveness against symptomatic illness was greater than 90%. Newly eligible children, aged 5 to 11, accounted for more than 42 percent of those who received the vaccination in the previous two weeks; yet, children remain the least vaccinated age group.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, two-thirds of parents prefer to wait and see or refuse to vaccinate their children.
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