Covid-19 Cases in Children Spike, 144,000 New Infections Last Week

More kids are contracting the coronavirus. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has reported that there was a 28% increase in cases of children contracting COVID-19 within first two weeks of November.

Covid-19 Cases in Children Spike, 144,000 New Infections Last Week

More kids are contracting the coronavirus. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has reported that there was a 28% increase in cases of children contracting COVID-19 within first two weeks of November.

The data reported that over 144,000 of the new cases were reported just last week. The report stated that this “is by far the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began,” according to the AAP.

Children account for about 11.8% of illnesses related to the coronavirus. The AAP noted that only between 0.2% and 5.6% of illnesses result in hospitalization within this age group. Nationwide, this accounts for 1.2%-3.1% of the total reported hospitalizations due to coronavirus.

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children,” the report notes. Also, mortality rates of children due to coronavirus remain low with 0.00-0.23% of COVID-19 fatalities involving individuals under 18.

There have been concerns that higher infection rates in children will further the spread of the Covid-19 to more vulnerable segments of the population.

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