Nearly 480,000 children infected with COVID-19 in US: report

Nearly 480,000 children infected with COVID-19 in US: report

WASHINGTON: Nearly 480,000 child COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States since the onset of the pandemic, reported Xinhua news agency according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

While children represented only 9.5 per cent of all cases in states reporting cases by age, a total of 476,439 children have tested positive for COVID-19, said the report released on Monday.

The overall rate is 631 cases per 100,000 children in the population.

70,330 new child cases were reported from Aug 13 to 27, a 17 per cent increase in child cases over two weeks, add the report.

Children were 0.6 to 4.1 per cent of total reported hospitalisations, and 0 to 0.3 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths, said the report.

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children.

“However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalisations, and mortality by age so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored,” said the report.


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