Virus is mostly mild and rarely fatal for US kids

Henrietta Brewer
April 7, 2020

The Centres for Disease Control and also Prevention (CDC) has actually launched the initial nationwide information on situations of the coronavirus in United States children, which recommends that while the disease is much less serious for them, some still call for hospitalisation.

The record checked out information from almost 150,000 laboratory-confirmed United States situations in adults and also children from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and also 4 United States regions, in between 12 February and also 2April Of this total amount, 2,572 of them (1.7 percent) werechildren While most did not end up being drastically ill, 3 children did pass away.

As with adults, 73% of children can experience the global symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In contrast to the 1 in 3 adults who require hospitalization, stats for children are 1 in 5.

The CDC said that while most child cases haven't been as severe, "clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for COVID-19 infection in children and monitor for progression of illness, particularly among infants and children with underlying conditions". That's less than 2% of total cases, even though that age group makes up 22% of the US population.

Other reported signs and symptoms in the smaller groups included muscle pain (23 percent of children, 61 percent of adults); runny nose (7.2 percent of children, 6.9 percent of adults); sore throat (24 percent of children, 35 percent of adults); headache (28 percent of children, 58 percent of adults); nausea and vomiting (11 percent of children, 16 percent of adults) abdominal pain (5.8 percent of children, 12 percent of adults); and diarrhea (13 percent of children, 31 percent of adults). Runny noses, meanwhile, were slightly more prevalent among children. By comparison, the study said, 10 to 33 percent of infected adults were hospitalized and 1.4 to 4.5 percent placed under intensive care. Globally, there have been more than 1.3 million confirmed cases, and more than 70,000 reported deaths. But hospitalization status was known in only 29% of cases involving children. Of 95 children younger than age 1, 59 were hospitalized and 5 were admitted to an ICU.

USA coronavirus deaths on Monday surpassed 10,000, including 4,758 in NY. Social distancing is thus important for all age groups, the CDC stressed.

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