Nearly 72,000 US children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, accounting for 19% of cases

Nearly 72,000 U.S. children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, which accounts for 19% of cases, but less than 2% end up in hospital

  • Nearly 72,000 American children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • In the week ending July 29, youth accounted for 19% of all cases in the US
  • Of the states reporting pediatric hospital admissions, less than 2% of pediatric cases have resulted in hospitalization
  • Currently, there are 10 states reporting that 18% or more of their cumulative cases are in children
  • COVID-19 vaccines have only improved for kids 12 and older, and parents are split 50/50 on vaccinating kids

Nearly 72,000 American children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, a new report finds.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the figure is a dramatic spike among the nearly 39,000 under-18s who contracted the virus last week.

This brings the total of pediatric Covid cases to more than 4.1 million since the start of the pandemic.

According to the report, coronavirus infections among young people accounted for 19 percent of all cases in the US in the week ending July 29.

Nearly 72,000 U.S. children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, accounting for 19% of all U.S. cases for the week ending July 29, a new report finds. Pictured: Marisol Gerardo, 9, having her nose swabbed in Durham, North Carolina, April 2021

More than 4.1 million children have been infected, but less than 2% of children's cases have resulted in hospitalization in any state

More than 4.1 million children have been infected, but less than 2% of children’s cases have resulted in hospitalization in any state

Currently, there are 10 states reporting that 18 percent or more of their cumulative cases are in children: Vermont, Alaska, South Carolina, Maine, Tennessee, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Washington.

Vermont has the most with more than 22 percent of all cases of the state among the youngest residents.

Meanwhile, only one state — Florida — reported that less than 10 percent of cases involve children.

In addition, six states have seen a more than six percent increase in child cases in the past two weeks: Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri.

Since the start of the pandemic, children have made up for between 11 and 19.9 percent of total state tests.

Of the states still reporting pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations, no more than 1.9 percent of children’s cases resulted in hospitalization.

Currently, there are 10 states reporting that 18% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Currently, there are 10 states reporting that 18% or more of their cumulative cases are among children (above)

Children account for no more than 0.26 percent of virus-related deaths in states, and seven states have reported no infant deaths.

“Right now, it appears that severe illness from COVID-19 among children is rare,” the AAP report said.

“However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations and deaths by age and race/ethnicity so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored.”

COVID-19 vaccines are currently approved in the US for children ages 12 and older, but the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech is the only option.

Pfizer and Moderna are both conducting clinical trials in children as young as six months old, with the hope of getting approval for emergency use before the end of the year.

But polls show that parents of children seem to be evenly split on whether or not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

One surveyMott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine last month found that 39 percent of parents said their children had already received a coronavirus shot.

But 40 percent of parents also said it was ‘unlikely’ that their children would be vaccinated.”

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