Covid-19 Cases Among US Children Jumped 40% in Late July

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

However, they are not expecting many students to get on the bus - 35% of children in the area are expected to learn remotely, while other school districts in the USA will not open at all.

The group also said that out of the almost five million reported coronavirus cases in the USA to date, more than 338,000 people who tested positive were children.

Coronavirus infections among US children grew 40% in the last half of July, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, bringing the total number of child infections to 8.8% of all USA cases. Health officials believe the actual number is perhaps 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.

Vanderbilt University's Dr. Tina Hartert says they will be ramping up testing to ensure they know as quickly as possible if a child is infectious.

There have been some concerns about whether to send children back to school, especially considering America is still in the grips of the first wave of coronavirus infections.

In July, more than 25 children were reported to have died from coronavirus. Pressure to get kids back into the classroom has left superintendents in more than 13,000 different school districts across the country to figure out how to keep children safe amid a myriad of public health advisories, and handle learning differences.

Luckily, the two largest school districts in the country, Los Angeles and San Diego, which run a combined K-12 student population of 720,000, have opted for online learning.

Worrying numbers have emerged from America just weeks before schools are meant to reopen in several cities.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio promised that school officials "have worked incessantly to get this right" and said that schools in the city would reopen for in-person lessons.

Researchers are sending DIY test kits to parents so they can collect samples that might help inform what role kids have in the spread of coronavirus. "The student on the other side will be wearing a mask".

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