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If you’re worried about getting your children back in class because of the coronavirus outbreak, a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms your concerns.
From July 9 to August 6, there were 179,900 new child cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.–an increase of 90% over four weeks, according to AAP report.
“In areas with rapid community spread, it’s likely that more children will also be infected, and these data show that,” said AAP President Sally Goza said. “As a pediatrician, I urge people to wear cloth face coverings and be diligent in social distancing and hand-washing. It is up to us to make the difference, community by community.”
In just the last two weeks of July, more than 97,000 children tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the AAP.
“While children represented only 9.1% of all cases in states reporting cases by age, 380,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic,” states AAP’s summary of findings.
Most of the novel coronavirus cases among children are less severe, and do not require hospitalization, noted AAP.
“What we do know from these data is that, in children, deaths continue to remain much lower than in older age groups,” AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases’ Sean O’ Leary said. “But as case counts rise across the board that is likely to impact more children with severe illness as well.”
According to the AAP, seven states have reported 15,000 or more cumulative child COVID-19 cases. The highest numbers of child COVID-19 were found in California, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia.
The AAP study included 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Texas reported age distribution for only 8% of all cases, so it’s excluded from some of the data.