Coronavirus cases in children rise sharply in second half of July

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2020

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that coronavirus cases in children surged 90 percent over the past four weeks.

In total, the report said 338,982 children have been sickened with the virus in the US, and half of the USA states reported more than 5,000 confirmed cases in children. In states reporting, 0% to 0.5% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death.

The latest AAA report is a summary of state level data and states across the USA do not have a standard age-group for defining the cohort of children. State-level populations for children were estimated with data from the US Census Bureau.

While the number of children being hospitalized with coronavirus remained a small proportion of cases - around 2.5 per cent - the figure rose as cases increased.

"It will be a little hard to sort out the degree to which a lot more kids are getting infected and the degree to which our testing capacity has gone up", said Sean O'Leary, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Colorado.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday reported 5,119,711 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 55,540 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 1,244 to 163,651. Sunday, the school sent a letter to parents announcing the campus would be closed to in-person learning for at least two days after nine people tested positive for the virus.

The report analyzed pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization data from 14 states and found that the cumulative rate of hospitalization in children (8.0 per 100,000) is low compared to adults (164.4 per 100,000).

The new report undercuts Trump's claim that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19, an assertion that does not comport with the known science about the pandemic.

This grim data dump comes at a time when reopening of schools has begun in several of America's 50 states, with widely differing rules on social distancing and how to enforce public health guidance.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on August 11 versus its previous report a day earlier.

Donald Trump has been pushing for all U.S. schools to reopen by fall at the latest, saying that keeping classes online is "a awful decision". Summer camps, most recently in Georgia, and schools internationally, have had virus outbreaks.

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