More Than 600,000 Child Cases Reported Of COVID-19, But Severe Illness Is ‘Rare’

Penny Brown, 2, is held by her mother, Heather Brown, as her nose is gently swabbed during a test for COVID-19 in Seattle last month. A study of state health department site information reveals serious disease and death amongst kid cases of COVID-19 is unusual.

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Cent Brown, 2, is held by her mom, Heather Brown, as her nose is lightly swabbed throughout a test for COVID-19 in Seattle last month. A survey of state health department site information reveals serious disease and death among kid cases of COVID-19 is rare.

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The age criteria for childhood differ commonly amongst the states, from 0-14 to 0-20. The surveys overalls do not compare the different age ranges. The authors likewise said it is not possible to identify the variety of children contaminated however not checked.

Of 11 states that reported screening according to age,” [c] hildren made up in between 4%-16.2% of total state tests, and between 3.7%-15.5% of children checked were evaluated positive,” the survey discovered.

“At this time, it appears that serious disease due to COVID-19 is uncommon among kids,” the studys authors conclude.

Twenty-five states and New York City reported hospitalizations by age. “Children were 0.5%-3.7% of overall reported hospitalizations, and in between 0.2%-7.9% of all child COVID-19 cases led to hospitalization,” the authors composed.

The survey found a 14% increase in kid cases in the 2 weeks ending September 24, an overall of 75,458 brand-new cases.

A smaller subset of states reported hospitalizations and death by age. The information from those states suggest “COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children,” according to the survey.

The survey was assembled by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Childrens Hospital Association.

In a study of data published on the health department sites of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, a total of 624,890 kid cases of COVID-19 were reported from the start of the pandemic through September 24, or 10.5% of all cases in states reporting infections according to age.

Forty-two states and New York City reported deaths by age. Of those, 17 states reported no child deaths from COVID-19, and the highest reported percentage of child deaths among total deaths was 0.26%, in Tennessee. Among all kid cases of COVID-19 in this subset of states and New York City, the death rate was 0.16%.

The age specifications for childhood vary extensively amongst the states, from 0-14 to 0-20. The authors likewise stated it is not possible to determine the number of children contaminated but not tested.

The number of children hospitalized due to the fact that of COVID-19 and the number who died from the disease is little, according to the study.

Forty-two states and New York City reported deaths by age. Of those, 17 states reported no child deaths from COVID-19, and the highest reported portion of kid deaths amongst overall deaths was 0.26%, in Tennessee. Among all child cases of COVID-19 in this subset of states and New York City, the death rate was 0.16%.