One Tenth Of Americans Infected By Covid-19 Are Children

Children aren’t as likely to become severely ill from Covid-19 as adults, and for this reason their ability to contract and transmit infection is often downplayed or unrecognized. But according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 61,000 children in the United States—a record high—were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the span of one week alone, bringing the total number of pediatric cases confirmed this year to 853,635.

In April, children accounted for only two percent of cases nationwide. Today, according to the Academy report, their share is more than five times as high—hovering around 11 percent. While the reason for the increase is unclear, it doesn’t seem probable that pediatric cases will dip back down in time for the holidays. Against the better judgment of health experts, large family gatherings and vacations are bound to occur, creating more opportunities for transmission across households that might spill over into the new year.

Read full article on Forbes

Originally published on Forbes (November 9, 2020)

© William A. Haseltine, PhD. All Rights Reserved.