Almost 100k children got COVID-19 in last two weeks of July

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

Coronavirus infections among children in the United States grew by 40 per cent in the second half of July, according to a report from the American Academy of Paediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, bringing the total number of child infections to 8.8 per cent of all U.S. cases.

While most children who catch the coronavirus have either no symptoms or mild ones, they are still at risk of developing "severe" symptoms requiring admission to an intensive care unit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report released Friday. The American Federation of Teachers has said it considers in-person schooling to be safe only when fewer than 5% of coronavirus tests in an area are positive.

According to the report, the academy looked at state numbers that were considered children.

The age range for children differed by state, with some defining children as only those up to age 14 and one state - Alabama - pushing the limit to 24. NY did not provide state-wide age breakdowns of cases.

The report, which aggregates data from 49 states, comes amid heated debate over whether schools should reopen in the autumn.

According to the report, 97,078 kids tested positive for coronavirus between July 16 and July 30, which is almost 1/3 of the total confirmed cases of children in the USA since the beginning of the pandemic.

How the virus affects children is still not fully understood, but emerging research out of the United Kingdom has showed there is sometimes a connection between the coronavirus and "significant neurological effects" in young brains. More than 25 youths died in July.

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