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Coronavirus Cases have Increased among Kids Over the Weeks

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.

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Stanford University, said, “This virus is really tracking the unvaccinated. Because children under 12 are not able to be vaccinated, we’re just seeing the same increase in infections in that group because [the delta variant] is so infectious.”However, the data suggests that serious illness, hospitalisation, and mortality in children infected with the Coronavirus are uncommon. Only about 2% of all child COVID-19 cases needed hospitalisation in places where data was available, and only 0.00% to 0.03 percent of all cases were fatal. Nonetheless, the rising number of children admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 may place further strain on an already overloaded paediatric health-care system.

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.

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