Covid-19 cases in children are up 32% from two weeks ago, group of pediatricians says – Community News

Covid-19 cases in children are up 32% from two weeks ago, group of pediatricians says

In the week ending November 18, there were at least 141,905 new cases among children, with children accounting for a disproportionate share of cases, representing more than a quarter of all new Covid-19 cases from the past week. Children account for 22% of the US population. When the virus first became a known problem in the US in early 2020, children accounted for less than 3% of confirmed cases. More than 6.8 million children have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The number of cases for each age group has risen in the past week. They had fallen quickly after a summer surge, but have started to rise again, returning to levels last seen in August. This was not unexpected, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

“We have a lot of viruses in circulation,” Fauci told host Dana Bash.

With millions of people still unvaccinated, that results in the virus dynamic in the community that is not only dangerous and makes unvaccinated people vulnerable, but also spills over into the vaccinated people because no vaccine is 100% effective. . said.

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The number of children with Covid-19 is still considered “extremely high,” according to the AAP report. This is the 15th consecutive week that there have been more than 100,000 cases of Covid-19 in children.

Children with Covid-19 are still less likely to be hospitalized compared to adults, but in the states reporting hospitalizations by age, children made up between 1.7% and 4.0% of those in the hospital. hospital had to be treated for Covid-19, which has remained relatively consistent throughout the pandemic.

Only a small percentage of Covid-19 cases in children lead to death. Six states reported zero child deaths from Covid-19 in the latest AAP report. In states reporting death by age, 0.00% – 0.25% of all Covid-19 cases in children resulted in death, according to the report. But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 939 children have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic.
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Children 5 years and older are now eligible for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. A study conducted by Pfizer showed that the vaccine’s efficacy was over 90% against symptomatic diseases. Newly eligible children between the ages of 5 and 11 made up more than 42% of people who received the vaccine in the past two weeks; in general, however, children are still the least vaccinated of all age groups.

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that two-thirds of parents want to be wait-and-see or refuse to vaccinate their children.

Vaccine experts Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Jeffrey Gerber has urged parents to get their children vaccinated, arguing that without vaccination, nearly all young children will become infected in an editorial published last week in Science.

“Make no mistake – COVID-19 is a childhood disease,” they wrote. “While it is true that most children experience asymptomatic or mild illness, some will become quite ill and a small number will die. That is why children are vaccinated against the flu, meningitis, chickenpox and hepatitis – none of them, even before vaccines became available , killed as many as SARS-CoV-2 per year.”

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.