This is not a disease of the elderly: at least a million children in the United States have had COVID-19
More than 16 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-1, according to a report released on Monday, November 19. Details told the publication NBC News.
From the start of the pandemic until last Thursday, November 12, 1 minors in the United States tested positive for coronavirus.
“As a pediatrician with over three decades of practice, I find this number overwhelming and tragic,” said Dr. Sally Goza. "With the advent of vaccines for measles and polio, we have not seen the virus spread on this scale in our communities."
The new numbers also reflect the largest weekly rise in COVID-19 cases in children since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 9 new cases diagnosed in children last week (November 15-112). Pediatricians believe that the true number of children infected with this virus is much higher, because in young patients, the disease is often mild and may go unnoticed.
The geographic breakdown that illustrates the increase in incidence among children is about the same as that of adults. The number of cases is on the rise in the Midwest. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have each reported more than 25 cases of COVID-000 in children since the beginning of the pandemic.
Each of the southeastern states — Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and both Carolina — also has more than 25 reported cases of the disease in children. In other parts of the country, only Arizona and California have reached this threshold.
Although serious complications in children are rare, they are possible. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 1 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a serious COVID-163-related illness called multisystem inflammatory syndrome... Twenty of these children have died.
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In general, during the pandemic, the number of child deaths from COVID-19 reached 133. This is 0,06% of the total number of deaths from coronavirus in the United States.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging public health officials to study the long-term impact of the coronavirus on children's lives, including the emotional and mental implications of the pandemic.
“We know from research on the impact of natural disasters on children's mental health that long-term exposure to stress is harmful,” said Goza. "Most natural disasters end fairly quickly, but this pandemic has been going on for more than eight months and is likely to continue to destroy lives."
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