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  • More than 513,000 cases have been reported in U.S. children.
  • More than 70,000 coronavirus infections were recorded among children in the two weeks between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3.
  • Evidence suggests children who contract the virus are less likely to experience serious illness than adults.

More than 500,000 children in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

The AAP report found children represent about 9.8 percent of the more than 6.3 million coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. The report includes data from 49 states, New York City, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. 


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More than 70,000 coronavirus infections were recorded among children in the two weeks between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, bringing the total number of cases in kids to more than 513,000. Puerto Rico, as well as Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana showed the highest increases. 

Nine states tallied more than 15,000 cases in children while half of states reported 7,000 child cases. 

The AAP said data from 42 states and New York City showed 103 children died from COVID-19 between May 21 and Sept. 3, making up just 0.07 percent of total coronavirus deaths in the U.S. Only 0.02 percent of child coronavirus cases resulted in death. 

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children,” the AAP report said. “However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age and race/ethnicity so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored.”

Evidence suggests children who contract the virus are less likely to experience serious illness than adults. There have been several instances in which children who tested positive for the coronavirus also developed a rare inflammatory illness. 

The report from the AAP was released as millions of kids made their way back to school this week for the fall semester. 


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Published on Sep 11, 2020