More than 800,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 in the US since the start of the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported.
From 2% of the total COVID-19 cases in April, children now account for 11.1% of COVID-19 cases in the US.
Last week, the US reported more than 60,000 cases of children in the US, NBC News reported.
The currently available data indicates that hospitalization and death are uncommon in children.
However, last week’s number of cases among kids is the highest since the pandemic started.
Moreover, in October alone, almost 200,000 children tested positive for the virus.
The AAP, according to NBC, believes the number of children with COVID-19 cases is higher.
However, due to the virus’s effects on children, which is milder, there’s a possibility that many are not being tested.
When it comes to children’s mortality rate, less than 1% of COVID-19 deaths are related to kids.
However, the reports are not so comprehensive, and there is more information needed to get a better picture of the status of kids when it comes to COVID-19.
For example, the AAP recommends the “urgent need” to gather more data on how the virus impacts them in the long-term.
Sending Children to School is a Complete Mess
The whole thing is a “complete mess” when it comes to the “confusing messages” parents get, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director of national disaster preparedness told MSNBC in an interview.
Those information came from different levels of the government, but particularly in the White House, he said.
According to Dr. Redlener, although starting school was too early, the problem is that parents are the ones deciding what to do with their children.
In fact, parents are responsible for whether they should send their kids to school or not, depending on their health status.
That kind of setup poses a problem and will increase the infections due to children who are carriers but are not showing symptoms as much as adults do.