Over Half A Million Kids In America Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus, Report Reveals

Over Half A Million Kids In America Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus, Report Reveals

The new study published by the AAP and Children's Hospital Association has said cases have increased by 16% between August 20 and September 3.

With schools opening in most parts of the United States, the number of Coronavirus cases in children has surged rapidly in the last few weeks. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Children's Hospital Association, as many as half a million children, have been diagnosed with the virus. In fresh data released by the two groups, 70,630 new child cases have been reported from August 20 to September 3 —a 16% increase over two weeks, bringing the overall total up to 513,415 cases, reports CNN. Dr. Sally Goza, President of the AAP spoke during a news release and said: "These numbers are a chilling reminder of why we need to take this virus seriously. While much remains unknown about COVID-19, we do know that the spread among children reflects what is happening in the broader communities," she continued. "A disproportionate number of cases are reported in Black and Hispanic children and in places where there is high poverty. We must work harder to address societal inequities that contribute to these disparities."



The two organizations part of the study put together the data of children of varying ages as reported by 49 state health departments including New York City, Puerto Rico, and Guam while Texas was excluded from the analysis. The report also suggested that children make up for 10% of the total population and that child cases are possibly underreported as the collected data from states are inconsistent. Dr. Sean O'Leary, vicechair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, gave his statement: "This rapid rise in positive cases occurred over the summer, and as the weather cools, we know people will spend more time indoors. Now we are heading into flu season. We must take this seriously and implement the public health measures we know can help. That includes wearing masks, avoiding large crowds, and maintaining social distance. In addition, it will be really important for everyone to get an influenza vaccine this year. These measures will help protect everyone, including children."



The AAP also recommends parents to get their children above the age of 6 months to get a flu shot in accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pediatricians have stressed on the importance of having either the flu shot or the protective nasal spray before the end of October because having two respiratory illnesses circulating at the same time can make it hard for doctors to give sufficient treatment while parents and caregivers may also find it hard to take care of children. Add to this, hospitals and clinics will have to take care of both patients causing their burden to increase.



A study published on JAMA Network Open on Tuesday released that although the two viruses have similar symptoms, children with Coronavirus were far likelier to have fever, diarrhea, aches, and vomiting as opposed to those with common flu. Another worrying aspect of this was children with Coronavirus also tended to be older and had at least one underlying health condition. The latest news comes in the midst of a CDC report about a new illness called Multisystem Inflammatory Illness in Children (MISC), also known as PMIS. The CDC describes the illness as "a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19". Although the coronavirus attacks the lungs in adults, MIS-C tends to trigger serious and sometimes deadly cardiac complications in children.



As of September 3, the CDC has collected reports of 792 confirmed cases of MIS-C and 16 deaths across 42 states, New York City, and Washington, D.C while other cases are still under investigation.



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