Child Covid cases have risen a whopping 240 percent since July in the U.S.
A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has shown that there is an exponential rise in how many children are contracting Covid. As of September 9, nearly 5.3 million children have tested positive for Covid since the beginning of the pandemic.
But the overall number isn’t even the most worrying part – more than 243,000 cases were added in the past week, making it the second-highest number of child cases in a single week since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. In the past two weeks, nearly 500,000 new cases were detected.
The new numbers show that cases have risen nearly 240 percent in only two months. This update comes as students return to school, and vaccine uptake among adults has plateaued and leveled off, alarming experts. Sixty three percent of those eligible in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, with that statistic varying greatly state-to-state.
Health experts continue to urge the majority of the population to receive the vaccination.
Children are less likely to die from Covid or to end up in the hospital than adults, but recent trends show that mild cases are not the only ones rising among children.
A new US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that the weekly hospitalization rates for children infected with Covid under 4 years old was 10 times higher in mid-August than seven weeks earlier. While hospitalization and death in children from Covid remains relatively low, the trend shows a grim look at rising cases.
Experts are encouraging all adults to get vaccinated in order to help protect children, who are not yet eligible for the shots. As of now, children under 12 are not eligible for vaccination in the U.S.