American Academy of Pediatrics says more kids are being diagnosed with COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – More children are diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States. A new report shows that children make up more than 20% of new cases.

© Provided by Birmingham WBRC In the USA, more children are diagnosed with COVID-19. A new report shows that children make up more than 20% of new cases.

At the beginning of the pandemic, it was thought that children were only carriers of the virus. Now know that not only can children transmit the virus, it can also make them very sick.

Doctors say more children are now being diagnosed with COVID as the steps to stop its spread are relaxed.

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association shows that nearly 89,000 children were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week, accounting for nearly 21% of cases in the US.

“We must not forget that this virus can infect anyone of any age group.”

Dr. Karen Landers, of the Alabama Department of Public Health, says that about 2% of COVID cases in Alabama involve children ages one to four, while those between the ages of 6 and 18 make up 9.6%.

“Even though we have a decrease in the number of cases and an increase in vaccines, individuals who cannot be vaccinated and to some extent cannot really protect themselves with mitigation because they are younger are likely to be more susceptible to the disease, and so contract the disease, ”said Dr. Landers.

No child between the ages of 5 and 17 has died from Covid-19 in Alabama, but there were three infant deaths from COVID in the past year.

At least 297 children across the country have died from the virus. That’s why Dr. Landers that we must do everything we can to protect our children.

“People … I know they are tired of hearing me say: social distance, respiratory hygiene, good hand washing, good hand disinfection and using a mask, but that’s what we have with children now, because we don’t vaccine that is approved for use under the age of 16, ”said Dr. Landers.

Medicinator Pfizer has asked the FDA for emergency use approval for its vaccine in 12 to 15-year-olds, and says studies have shown 100% efficacy without significant safety concerns.

Dr. Landers says we need to hear more about whether that emergency use permission will be granted in the coming weeks.

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