CDC reports fewer COVID-19 pediatric deaths after data correction
CDC reports fewer COVID-19 pediatric deaths after data correction

CDC reports fewer COVID-19 pediatric deaths after data correction

Healthcare staff meet at Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, USA, January 15, 2022. REUTERS / Hannah Beier

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March 18 (Reuters) – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 966,575 deaths on Friday from COVID-19 after correcting data earlier in the week, reducing deaths in all age groups, including children.

The health agency said in a statement to Reuters that it made adjustments to its COVID Data Tracker mortality data on March 14 because its algorithm accidentally counts deaths that were not COVID-19 related.

The adjustment resulted in the removal of 72,277 deaths previously reported in 26 states, including 416 pediatric deaths, the CDC said.

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The reduction reduced CDC estimates of deaths in children by 24% to 1,341 per. March 18.

Children accounted for about 19% of all COVID-19 cases, but less than 0.26% of cases resulted in deaths, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which summarizes state-based data.

Americans have been polarized over the mitigating measures that the CDC recommended to schools during the pandemic, from encouraging schools to be remote, demand masks, and create social distance measures. It is now advisable for children in most of the country to go to school and may be without masks.

The number of American children with COVID-19 increased sharply during the Omicron variant wave due to its increased transmission capacity and low vaccination rates among children 5-11 who are eligible for the vaccine. Children aged 0-4 years are not eligible for the vaccine in the United States.

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Reporting of Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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