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April 1, 2021
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What to know as the U.S. reports more than 1 million COVID-19 cases among the youngest Americans.

The Latest

Last Week: The *total* number of cases among children surpassed 1 million as America also reported 1 mil *new* cases.

This Week: The country’s largest school district (NYC) reverted back to remote-only learning.

Next Week: At least two states (Kentucky & West Virginia) will temporarily cease all in-person school instruction.

The Latest Data

According to COVID-19 data compiled in a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association, as of November 12:

  • 1 mil+ children (0 – 20) have tested positive — that’s 11.5% of all U.S. cases.
  • Last week was the largest one-week increase among cases in children: 112,000 — and a 22% rise over two weeks.

More Context

  • The data comes from 49 states & D.C., but states differed in the type of data reported (ex: cases vs. hospitalizations vs. deaths) AND definition of “child” (ex: 0 – 14 yrs, 0 – 20 yrs).
  • The hospitalization rate among children was 1.6% based on the 23 states and NYC providing hospitalization data.
  • Of the 42 states providing fatality data, children made up less than 1% of deaths.
“As a pediatrician who has practiced medicine for over three decades, I find this number staggering and tragic.”

American Academy of Pediatrics President Sally Goza, M.D., FAAP, on the more than 1 million cases among children. She also notes that while severe illness among children with COVID-19 is rare, the secondary effects — such as school disruptions and family stress — also weigh heavily on children during the pandemic.

Based on what we know so far, most children experience milder symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, and some who test positive may not have any symptoms at all but still can spread illness. While some argue schools risk higher infection rates, others say school rules help keep families safe. What do you think?

We know many ask – “Well, how does this compare to the flu?” Here’s a great read from the CDC for not only about symptoms and transmission.

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