American children Covid cases jumped 21-percent just this month 

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association reported more than 70-thousand new COVID-19 cases in children over just a two-week period, from August 6th through the 20th.  Experts have expressed their lack of surprise at this as thousands of children return to school.

Just recently in Georgia after the reopening of one school district, hundreds of staff and children had to return to quarantine after reported outbreaks.  A similar situation is playing out in Mississippi where nearly 5-thousand students and teachers are quarantined. And Florida was also recently hit with almost 9,000 Cases reported in children in a little under 15 days.

Children and the Coronavirus

New data shows more than 440,000 children have been infected with the virus since the  Pandemic began. This means that children make up %7 of all coronavirus cases in the United States. Even though infection rates among children are rising they do not tend to experience the severe symptoms that many older adults do. However, there has been an increase in children hospitalizations recently which is concerning. Wth about 1 in 3 children being admitted to the ICU.

Symptoms

  • mild, cold-like symptoms such as a fever, runny nose and coughing
  • Nausea and diarrhea have also been reported in children

Certain conditions may put your child at higher risk so make sure to talk to your doctors about your child and their needs.  Again stay vigilant, protect yourself and them, teach them to wash their hands before every meal and after touching foreign surfaces, wear a mask, and stay at home as much as possible.