Children And Covid

April 2, 2021
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CHILDREN & COVID-19

The CDC’s new report reveals what we know (and what we don’t) about how the new coronavirus impacts our children.

The Basics

Preliminary analysis by the CDC covers COVID-19 data for a roughly 6-week period from mid-February to April.

Out of nearly 150,000 cases, less than 2% children or teens under 18 years old (2,572 patients).

Three children with COVID-19 died. Investigation still ongoing to confirm COVID-19 as the specific cause of death.


The Data To Note

Median age of children: 11 years old. Most were exposed by a family member of community spread, rather than travel.

  • 15-17 years old: 32% of cases
  • 10-14 years old: 27% of cases
  • 5-9 years old: 15% of cases
  • 1-4 years old: 11% of cases
  • Under 1 year old: 15% of cases

Important To Know

Symptoms: 93% of adults with COVID-19 report fever, cough, or shortness of breath, while only 73% of children with COVID-19 do.

Children and teens experience less severe illness and lower hospitalization rates compared to other age groups.

Why It Matters

Why It Matters: While children remain a lower percentage of known COVID-19 cases in America, children are not immune to severe illness.

Notable: CDC clearly states their data is incomplete – e.g. at times knowing a patient’s age but missing basic information, such as “disease symptoms, severity, or underlying conditions.”

“If children meet in groups, it can put everyone at risk.”

The CDC continues to advise against playdates and children visiting with anyone outside their immediate household. While a child's symptoms may be less severe or even nonexistent, that doesn't mean they can't spread the virus. How contagious is a child with little or no symptoms? We still don't know.

The very first case of a child contracting COVID-19 was reported to the CDC on March 2. Since then, the CDC says pediatric cases have been reported every day.

Caring for Children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html

The CDC report: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6914e4.htm?s_cid=mm6914e4_w

What truly happened to the first COVID-19 patient in America? CLICK HERE

What lessons from the past can we apply to battling COVID-19: CLICK HERE

by Jenna Lee,

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