Story at a glance:

  • More than 6 million children have contracted the virus.
  • 20 percent of children’s COVID-19 cases occurred around the time of school reopenings.
  • Children as young as 15 have succumbed to the virus.

September was the month many children returned back to school, and COVID-19 cases spiked among this age group at that time. 

In the last two weeks of September, there was a 6 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among children, a worrying statistic as schools reopen and a vaccine for children under 12 is still pending approval, the New York Post reports, citing data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).


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More than 6 million children have contracted the virus since the pandemic began. Between Sept. 3 and Sept. 30, 1.1 million children got COVID-19, meaning 20 percent of children’s COVID-19 cases occurred around the time of school reopenings, according to AAP.

Since July, there has been a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in children that went from about 38,000 cases in July 22 to 180,000 mid-August, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing the AAP.

Children as young as 15 have succumbed to the virus, according to an NBC News report, and between Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, the number of children’s deaths totaled 41.

While there are concerns about how children are contracting COVID-19, 0.01 percent of child cases of COVID-19 have ended in death in 2021, according to AAP. Between July and October of this year, the number of deaths from COVID-19 that were of children jumped from 0.06 percent to 0.09 percent, according to AAP. 

As Changing America previously reported, children under the age of 12 make up 6 percent of hospitalizations and one-sixth of the coronavirus cases in Arizona's Maricopa County in August.

Children under the age of 18 make up about 40 percent of the population, and more than 14,000 cases are among children in Tennessee.


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Published on Oct 15, 2021