Covid-19: Nearly 550,000 children in US test positive

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WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (NNN-Xinhua) — Nearly 550,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to a new report of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

A total of 72,993 new child cases were reported from Aug 27 through Sept 10, which is a 15 percent increase in child cases over two weeks, according to the report.

Altogether 549,432 total child COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States so far, and children represented 10 percent of all cases, said the report.

The overall rate is 729 cases per 100,000 children in the population.

Children were 0.6 to 3.6 percent of total reported hospitalizations, and 0 to 0.3 percent of all COVID-19 deaths, said the report.

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children. 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,” said the report. — NNN-XINHUA