Kids represent 9.3% of US COVID cases but few serious ones | CIDRAP – (a “few” word diminishes the very real pain for the families of the children who become very ill and/or die…)

Children were 0.4% to 4.6% of total reported hospitalizations, and between 0.2% and 8.6% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization, the report said. And in states reporting mortality information, children represented 0% to 0.7% of fatalities.

Wyoming, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arkansas, and North Dakota reported the most pediatric infections, with 29 states total reporting that 10% or more cases in the past 2 weeks were in kids. New Jersey and New York City had the lowest rate of pediatric infections: 3.2% or less.

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children. However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored,” the AAP said.

 

Source: Kids represent 9.3% of US COVID cases but few serious ones | CIDRAP