WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Greater than 500,000 U.S. kids had been identified with COVID-19 as of early September, with a large uptick seen in latest weeks, a brand new report reveals.
There have been 70,630 new youngster circumstances reported between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, 2020. That brings the overall to 513,415 circumstances — a 16% improve over two weeks, based on state-by-state information compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Kids’s Hospital Affiliation.
“These numbers are a chilling reminder of why we have to take this virus critically,” stated AAP president Dr. Sara Goza.
As of Sept. 3, kids accounted for practically 10% of all reported COVID-19 circumstances in the US because the begin of the pandemic, based on the most recent weekly report from the 2 organizations.
The findings spotlight the necessity to redouble efforts to curb the unfold of the new coronavirus, the specialists stated. The virus has surged in Southern, Western and Midwestern states in the course of the summer season, they identified.
“Whereas a lot stays unknown about COVID-19, we do know that the unfold amongst kids displays what is occurring within the broader communities,” Goza stated in an AAP information launch.
“A disproportionate variety of circumstances are reported in Black and Hispanic kids, and in locations the place there’s excessive poverty. We should work more durable to handle societal inequities that contribute to those disparities,” she added.
Dr. Sean O’Leary is vice chair of the academy’s committee on infectious ailments. “This speedy rise in optimistic circumstances occurred over the summer season, and because the climate cools, we all know folks will spend extra time indoors,” he stated.
“The aim is to get kids again into colleges for in-person studying, however in lots of communities, this isn’t attainable because the virus spreads unchecked,” O’Leary added.
With flu season approaching, it is vital to “take this critically and implement the general public well being measures we all know might help,” he stated. That features carrying masks, avoiding massive crowds, sustaining social distance and getting a flu shot.
“These measures will assist defend everybody, together with kids,” O’Leary stated.