September 17, 2021

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Analysis: 15 percent of US coronavirus cases are now children | TheHill – The Hill

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Recent reports show that children are accounting for 15 percent of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. as the delta variant causes an uptick in cases around the country.

According to new data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost 94,000 COVID-19 cases in children were reported over a two-week period from July 29 to Aug. 5, which the academy dubbed “a continuing substantial increase.” The outbreak increased the total number of child cases by 4 percent.

“After declining in early summer, child cases have steadily increased since the beginning of July,” the report added.

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Since the pandemic began, nearly 4.3 million children have tested positive for the virus — 14.3 percent of total cumulative cases.

The new figures come as children’s hospitals in COVID-19 hot spots have reported an increase in young patients battling the virus.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock reported that of 23 patients admitted for COVID-19 under the age 18, 10 were in the ICU and five were placed on ventilators.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri had more than a dozen patients come in with COVID-19 infections last week, noted NBC News.

The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that although “at this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children,” the long-term impacts on their physical and mental health and remain unclear. 

“There is an urgent need to collect more data,” the report noted.

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