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Children now make up at least 1 in 11 of all reported coronavirus cases in the United States.
This is shown by data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. On Monday, the organization said more than 1 million children had been tested positive for coronavirus in the United States
“As a pediatrician who has been practicing medicine for more than three decades, I find this number astonishing and tragic. We have not seen viruses flicker through our communities in this way, because before we had measles and polio vaccines,” AAP President Sally Goza said. says in a statement.
Data were collected from government reports and show that 1,039,464 children tested positive for coronavirus as of November 12. In the one-week period ending this day, there are nearly 112,000 new cases in children, which is the largest increase in a week.
The virus has had a disproportionate effect on blacks and Spaniards, the AAP said. They have suffered a higher number of infections and are more likely to be affected by economic damage and lack of access to education and other critical services.
The number of children with coronavirus is thought to be widely underestimated. Because most have no or few symptoms and it is rare for children to experience severe symptoms, many children are never tested, the AAP notes.
Babies under the age of one and children with some underlying diseases may be more likely to have a severe illness than the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some children may get a rare complication called MIS-C, which can cause inflammation of the organs.
The mental health of children is also affected by the pandemic. According to a recent CDC report, children aged 5 to 11 have visited emergency rooms related to mental health, approximately 24% more than last year. Visits by children aged 12 to 17 increased by about 31%.
As winter approaches and people increasingly remain indoors, Goza stressed the need to approve a coronavirus vaccine. She also emphasized other immediate control measures.
“We urgently need a new, nationwide pandemic control strategy, which must include the implementation of proven public health measures such as wearing masks and physical distancing,” Goza said. “This pandemic is affecting children, families and communities, as well as doctors and other first-line medical teams.”