As the mainstream media remind us several times a day, the United States continues to break records for daily confirmed cases of COVID-19. What is lost in the big picture, however, is the changing breakdown of who is being infected. Early in the pandemic, there was a perception that children were somehow less susceptible to the virus. However, according to new data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, children now make up 11.3% of all cases in the U.S. Nearly 74,000 children were diagnosed between October 29 and November 5, alone. That’s the highest total among pediatric patients since the pandemic began. As communities struggle to strike a balance between protecting the public and allowing life to be as “normal” as possible, including healthy activities for children, advise patients that taking reasonable precautions like having their kids wear a mask whenever feasible in public and limiting up-close exposure to large groups of people may be the best way to prevent a return to lockdown conditions. JUCM just published an original research article on COVID-19 and children. Read High Prevalence Of Asymptomatic COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population online or in our November issue.
COVID-19 Is Not Only Surging–It’s Striking More Children Than Ever