More than 97,000 children tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks of July, report says

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Positive blood test result for the new rapidly spreading Coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China

(CNN) – More than 97,000 children in the US tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report says.

The report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, said in those two weeks, there was a 40% increase in child cases across the states and cities that were studied.

The age range for children differed by state, with some defining children as only those up to age 14 and one state — Alabama — pushing the limit to 24.

The compiled data comes during back-to-school season as health officials are trying to understand the effects of the virus on children and the role young people play in its spread. Some schools have begun welcoming crowds back to class and others have had to readjust their reopening plans in response to infections.

In one Georgia high school that made headlines after a photo of a crowded school hallway went viral, nine coronavirus cases were reported, according to a letter from the principal. Six of those cases were students and three were staff members, the letter said.

While some US leaders — including the President — have said the virus doesn’t pose a large risk to children, one recent study suggests older children can transmit the virus just as much as adults. Another study said children younger than 5 carry a higher viral load than adults, raising even more questions about their role in transmission.

At least 86 children have died since May, according to the new report. Last week, a 7-year-old boy with no pre-existing conditions became the youngest coronavirus victim in Georgia. In Florida, two teenagers died earlier this month bringing the state’s death toll of minors to seven.

And Black and Hispanic children are impacted more severely with higher rates of infections, hospitalizations and coronavirus-related complications, recently published research shows.

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  1. This should serve as a caution to the authorities who are keen on reopening school in early September. Whilst we dearly want our kids to be educated, I personally think that the risk is still too great at this time for them to be in the classrooms. The likelihood of children contracting and also bringing the virus home to older parents and grandparents is too great and I am imploring the Ministry of Education to thread cautiously with this move. Nobody dies from not attending formal school for even up to a year…….Covid 19 can kill……..a word to the wise is sufficient

    • The flu pandemic started in 1918 and is still here a century later killing tens of thousands annually. But with regards to COVID we need to lock down until at least 2120 and interbreed and live off the land and eat widi widi bush to save ourselves as per our Covidiots/experts.

      One good thing about the interbreeding is that it couldn’t possibly make us any dumber!

  2. The level of reasoning demonstrated by responders so far clearly suggests – nay, demands – that educational institutions be reopened asap, as much for the children as for adults! The convoluted arguments and perverse recommendations offered through this medium frightens me. Could this be an overlooked symptom/result of the covid-19 pandemic! Lord have mercy. What fools we have become!!!

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