97,000 US children test positive for Covid-19 in last two weeks of July, a sharp rise: Study

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The Washington Post overnight have had more details of this study by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, which claims that More than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, more than a quarter of the total number of children diagnosed nationwide since March, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

There’s a slight caveat here, that the word children can conjure up images of the very young, but the data is from 49 states, many of whom defined children as younger than 19 years old.

It remains a small fraction of the number of cases recorded nationally – at around 8.8%. A reminder that it was Donald Trump’s false claim that kids were ‘almost immune’ from the illness that prompted Twitter to temporarily ban the president’s re-election campaign account and Facebook to take down one of his posts.

Chelsea Janes reports for the Post that:

The jump in pediatric cases comes as children are entering close quarters for the first time in months as some schools open their doors to students again. For months, teachers, parents and politicians have argued over whether the risks that the novel coronavirus pose to children outweigh the benefits of in-person learning.
Many school districts have chosen to operate entirely remotely until case numbers drop. Some have opted for hybrid learning systems in which children attend school in-person only a few days a week to limit crowding. But even schools with measures limiting crowds have suffered outbreaks already.

The push to reopen schools has sparked demonstrations by educators, students and parents. 70% of the new cases in children were reported in southern and western states. Pediatric deaths from Covid-19 remain mercifully rare, accounting for just 1% of the national total.

You can read more here: Washington Post – Coronavirus cases in children rise sharply in the second half of July, with more than 97,000 infections

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