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In line with the AAP, 2 million kids had COVID-19

December 29, 2020

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As of December 24, 2 million children in the United States had been diagnosed with COVID-19 – an increase of 1 million since November 12, according to an AAP census.

In the week ending December 24, 178,935 cases of COVID-19 were reported in children, and in the past two weeks there has been a 22% increase in child cases – 1,639,728 to 2,000,681, the AAP reported.

There were a total of 2,658 cases per 100,000 children in the United States. Pediatric cases account for 12.4% of the total number of US cases.

Currently, serious illness due to COVID-19 in children is rare, the AAP recalled. However, there is an urgent need for more data on the longer-term effects of the pandemic on children, as well as its emotional and psychological effects.

The AAP will publish data on tests, hospitalizations and mortality on January 5th.

Infectious diseases in children have been reporting on the pandemic year-round, compiling the following stories of COVD-19 in children:

Study in person not associated with COVID-19 finds

A study of nearly 400 children in Mississippi found that in-person schooling or childcare wasn’t linked to a positive test for SARS-CoV-2, investigators reported in MMWR. Continue reading.

children those with the highest risk of COVID-19 are less tested frequently

Despite a “significantly increased likelihood” of testing positive for COVID-19, black, Hispanic, and Asian children and young adults are less likely to test than white patients, results in JAMA Pediatrics showed. Continue reading.

Offit: Three Reasons Americans May Be Reluctant to Get COVID-19 vaccine

Paul A. Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, said there are three likely reasons Americans may be reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available. Continue reading.

“We Don’t Know Why This Happens”: When to Suspect MIS-C in a Patient

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is rare, occurring in one or two in every 1,000 reported pediatric patients with COVID-19, Sandy Hong, MD, FAAP, mentioned in a presentation at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available for all children?

Children have only recently been enrolled in COVID-19 vaccine studies, and it is unclear when children under the age of 16 will have access to a vaccine. Continue reading.

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