Peninsula 360 Press
Of the more than 8.5 million people infected with Covid-19 in the United States, nearly 800,000 are children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Monday, noting in its latest report that cases among minors are on the rise.
He added that only in the last two weeks (from October 8 to 22) 94,555 new cases were registered in children, representing an increase of 14 percent, from 697,633 to 792,188.
The document states that positive cases of children, for now, represents 11 percent of the total registered in the whole country, which means 1,053 cases per 100,000 children.
In terms of testing conducted, it was noted that children accounted for between 5 and 16.9% of the total statewide tests, and between 3.5% and 14.5% of the children tested were positive.
It is worth noting that, so far, hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 in children are very rare, as according to the report, only between 1.0 and 3.6 percent of the total reported hospitalizations were in this population.
Children, they said, accounted for between 0.0 and 0.23 percent of reported Covid-19 deaths, while 16 states reported that no children had died as a result of the virus.
The AAP conducted the report in conjunction with the Children's Hospital Association based on data from 49 states, New York City, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.