The number of children testing positive for Covid-19 decreased slightly over the previous week. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 27% of all new Covid-19 cases worldwide were reported last week among children. Overall, fewer new cases of the disease were reported across the country.
The Child Covid-19 Cases Have Decreased Week Over Week.
As compared to the previous seven days, the number of new child Covid-19 cases fell by 8.5% in the week ended September 23 to 206,864. The figure represents the 5th successive week when more than 200,000 new cases were added. According to the pediatricians association report, the number of new children with COVID remains extraordinarily high.
In the United States, child COVID-19 cases are best reported at the state level. The American Academy of Pediatrics & the Children’s Hospital Association are collaborating to collect and share public data from states regarding child COVID-19 cases.
In each state, the definition of “child” cases has been based on different age ranges reported in each part of the country (links and details are available from the appendix of the report).
The onset of the pandemic has resulted in over 5.7 million children testing positive for COVID-19 as of September 23. COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise. Over 200,000 new cases of children were added this past week for the fifth in a row.
COVID-19 age distributions were indicated on the websites of New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam health departments. The number of children affected by the pandemic rose to 16.0% since it began. COVID-19 cases reported to the CDC in the week ending September 23 were led by children (22.2% of US citizens are under 18 years old).
Based on available data, there is little evidence to support an association between COVID-19 and children’s mortality. Currently, COVID-19 is causing rare severe illnesses for children. But more data needs to be collected on the longer-term effects of the pandemic on children. These include how the virus may affect children’s physical health as well as emotional and mental health.
Among children, cases have risen since July, when a more contagious strain of the virus proved dominant in the United States. Since the week of July 22-29, when the AAP counted 71,726 cases, the weekly number is up 188%.
It has been impossible to vaccinate children younger than 12 until next month, but that may soon change. In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said data from trials in children aged 5 to 11 is likely to be submitted to the FDA within days, not weeks. On Monday, Pfizer announced that a two-dose vaccine is developed for children 5-12 years old was safe and even generated a robust immune response.
The FDA must review the data before it can approve a vaccine. This approval should be granted by the CDC as well. Anthony Fauci told CNN that FDA would make a decision quickly on whether the vaccine could be administered to children. The shot could become available by the end of October, he told MSNBC last week.
Covid-19 has fewer severe symptoms among children than among adults, but some children do develop long-term symptoms regardless of how serious the initial symptoms were. Among those hospitalized for Covid-19, 1.6% to 4.1% were children.
Children accounted for no more than 0.27 percent of the deaths among the states that reported deaths by age. There have been no deaths among children in seven states. Covid-19 has killed 579 United States children younger than 18 as of Sunday, according to the CDC. In North America, almost 5.7 million children have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the AAP.