Coronavirus cases among youngsters are on the rise at a time when the highly contagious delta variety is spreading rapidly across the United States. Children accounted for nearly 15% of all newly reported COVID-19 cases across the country for the week ending August 5, according to new state-level data analysed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
During that time, about 94,000 juvenile cases of COVID-19 were reported, up 31% from the roughly 72,000 cases reported a week before. There had been 39,000 new child cases in the previous week. New Coronavirus cases in children have been increasing since July, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, following a period of drop in the early summer. One major concern for parents is if delta causes children to get sicker than prior strains.
Many children’s hospitals are dealing not only with patients who have contracted the Coronavirus, but also with youngsters who are suffering with illnesses that are unrelated to the epidemic. Many youngsters have suffered mental health difficulties as a result of their social isolation, and others have put off seeking medical help during the outbreak last year.