- Just over 173,000 children tested positive for COVID in the week ending 30 September, down 16% from the previous week
- COVID-19 cases continue to decline after peaking at just over 250,000 in a week at the end of summer
- More than 60,000 children who have contracted the virus live in the South, compared to fewer than 30,000 in the Northeast.
- Many parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children because children make up less than 0.1% of all COVID-19 deaths
COVID-19 cases among children continue to decline, as the country’s youth sees a huge jump this summer.
a new report by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found that 173,469 children tested positive for the virus in the week ending September 30, a 16 per cent drop from the previous week.
This is the lowest weekly total recorded since the week ended August 12, when 121,427 cases were reported.
However, most pediatric cases are not serious and virus-related deaths in children are rare, with pediatric deaths accounting for less than 0.1 percent of all COVID-19 deaths.
The declining trend in recent weeks has also been following the national case rate, as cases across the country have declined after a massive heat wave triggered by the delta variant.
The AAP found that 173,469 children tested positive for the virus during the week ending September 30, a 16% drop from the previous week.
More than 60,000 children who contracted the virus live in the South (green), with a larger share compared to less than 30,000 in the Northeast (blue).
The week of the report marks the first time that fewer than 200,000 child Covid cases have been reported in a week, compared to the week ending August 19.
Children also accounted for 26.7 per cent of the COVID-19 cases reported during that week.
In the US, just over 16 percent of the cases recorded since the pandemic began have been found in children.
A large proportion of these cases are in the South, which recorded more than 60,000 youth COVID cases that week, compared to less than 30,000 in the Northeast.
A total of 5.9 million child Covid cases have been reported since the pandemic began last spring – or 7,838 per 100,000 children in the US.
Child mortality in one state never exceeded 0.27 percent and seven states reported zero child deaths.
A total of 520 children have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, of which about 228 occurred after the rapid spread of the delta variant.
Six states have more than one child in every five Covid cases reported since the start of the pandemic
In six states – Arkansas, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia – there have been more than one youth case in every five cases reported in the state.
Arkansas, Florida and Utah have reported the lowest proportion of cases in children, just over 12 percent in all.
Children who have the virus are not likely to have severe symptoms, be hospitalized, or die from the virus.
Minors account for 2.5 percent of all Covid hospitalizations during the pandemic, and just under one percent of children who catch the virus require hospitalization.
A total of 22,429 children have been hospitalized due to the virus, with 615 reported during the week.
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is only available to minors, and only to children 12 years of age or older.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62 percent of Americans aged 16 or 17 and 55 percent of Americans ages 12 to 15 have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
Children who test positive for the virus are much less likely to have serious complications or die than adults (file image)
American parents are currently split 50/50 on whether or not they will vaccinate their children.
The survey finds that parents of children are equally divided about whether their children will get the COVID-19 vaccine.
One SurveyMott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine in July, that 39 percent of parents said their children have already received a coronavirus shot.
However, 40 percent of parents also said that it is ‘unlikely’ that their children will be vaccinated.
one more vote Axios/Ipsos in September found that 44 percent of parents of children aged five to 11 said their children were likely to get vaccinated and 42 percent said it was unlikely that their children would be vaccinated. Will go