A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics said that the number of kids sick with COVID-19 has surged by 14%, with cases nearing 800,000.
We have to protect our children better from COVID-19. A new report says that the number of children with COVID-19 has risen by 14% over the past two weeks. Overall, children make up 11% of the US’ total COVID-19 cases.
Children with COVID-19
The American Academy of Pediatrics released the report. In their report, the group said that 792,188 US children had caught COVID-19 as of October 22. Data from Johns Hopkins University add that over 8.6 million Americans have the virus. From October 8 to 22, the US also reported 94,555 more sick children.
COVID-19 rarely causes severe illness among children. Deaths are also rare. As of October 22, children make up between 1% to 3.6% of all patients in hospitals. Only 0.6% to 6.9% of children end up going to hospitals from COVID-19. Moreover, only 0.15% of sick children died. For example, no child died in sixteen states.
How to Keep Children Safe
However, just because kids rarely die from COVID-19 doesn’t mean we should let them get sick. The AAP recommends that kids should always wear masks. Parents should also keep them away from crowds. Moreover, they should distance their children from one another.
If your kid is six months old or older, you should also give them flu shots. Doctors say that you should give them shots before October ends. By getting their shots, they won’t confuse doctors if they have the flu or COVID-19.
Another study suggests that COVID-19 hits older children with an underlying health condition. Moreover, babies under a year old with asthma or diabetes will likely experience severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC also adds that 189 children have died from the flu over the 2019-2020 flu season.