Covid-19 cases among US children jumped 40% in late July
August 10, 2020 - Coronavirus infections among U.S. children grew 40 percent in the last half of July to 338,982 cases, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
That brings the total number of child infections to 8.8 percent of all U.S. cases, the study found.
The report, which aggregates data from 49 states, comes amid heated debate over whether schools should re-open in the fall, Bloomberg said.
Many parents are eager to get their kids back in classes. Yet Covid-19 is still surging in much of the country, and there is conflicting data about how Covid-19 is transmitted to and from children. Some schools that have already resumed classes have experienced outbreaks amid scenes of kids crowded together without wearing masks, raising fears that a full nationwide re-opening in September will cause a new spike of infection.
California, Florida and Arizona had the highest number of total child cases in the U.S., with more than 20,000 each, the report found. By population, Arizona had the highest count, with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 children, more than double the national average of 447.
Deaths among U.S. children from Covid-19 total 86, only 0.06 percent of total fatalities in the country and 0.03 percent of infections among children.
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