At least 97,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July and there have been about 338,000 cases involving children in the US since the onset of the pandemic, a new report reveals.
Why it matters: Findings in the report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association come as schools and day care look to reopen in the U.S., with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announcing on Friday that school districts in state may reopen in the fall between low coronavirus transmission levels.
- Some schools have already reopened to teach in person in the South – including in Georgia, where authorities confirmed that nine people tested positive for the new coronavirus at a school.
- There have been many reports about the virus spreading through schools and summer camps, and evidence has begun to support the idea that children can play a key role in community transmission, notes Axios̵7; Caitlin Owens.
Note: The virus disproportionately affects black and Latino children, who have the highest rates of hospitalization, for CDC.
- The CDC received 570 reports from March 2 to July 18 of young people, whose ages ranged from infants to 20, infected with the virus. Of these, 40.5% were Hispanic or Latino, 33.1% were black, and 13.2% were white.
We do know: The latest CDC Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report states that while most cases of coronavirus in children tend to be asymptomatic or mild, less is known about severe infections in children seeking hospitalization.
- The CDC notes that children are much less likely to end up in the hospital with coronavirus than adults “one in three hospitalized children was admitted to an intensive care unit”.
- A South Korean study last month found that those aged 10 to 19 could spread the coronavirus at least as effectively as people over that age.
After all: Tina Hartert of Vanderbilt University, who is leading a government-funded study on the impact of coronavirus on children, told the AP: “[W]”I just do not yet know the extent to which children can transmit the virus.”
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