WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Greater than 500,000 U.S. youngsters had been identified with COVID-19 as of early September, with a large uptick seen in latest weeks, a brand new report reveals.
There have been 70,630 new youngster instances reported between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, 2020. That brings the entire to 513,415 instances — a 16% enhance over two weeks, in line with state-by-state knowledge compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Kids’s Hospital Affiliation.
“These numbers are a chilling reminder of why we have to take this virus severely,” stated AAP president Dr. Sara Goza.
As of Sept. 3, youngsters accounted for almost 10% of all reported COVID-19 instances in the US for the reason that begin of the pandemic, in line with the most recent weekly report from the 2 organizations.
The findings spotlight the necessity to redouble efforts to curb the unfold of the new coronavirus, the specialists stated. The virus has surged in Southern, Western and Midwestern states throughout the summer season, they identified.
“Whereas a lot stays unknown about COVID-19, we do know that the unfold amongst youngsters displays what is occurring within the broader communities,” Goza stated in an AAP information launch.
“A disproportionate variety of instances are reported in Black and Hispanic youngsters, and in locations the place there may be excessive poverty. We should work tougher to handle societal inequities that contribute to those disparities,” she added.
Dr. Sean O’Leary is vice chair of the academy’s committee on infectious illnesses. “This fast rise in optimistic instances occurred over the summer season, and because the climate cools, we all know folks will spend extra time indoors,” he stated.
“The aim is to get youngsters again into colleges for in-person studying, however in lots of communities, this isn’t attainable because the virus spreads unchecked,” O’Leary added.
With flu season approaching, it is vital to “take this severely and implement the general public well being measures we all know will help,” he stated. That features carrying masks, avoiding giant crowds, sustaining social distance and getting a flu shot.
“These measures will assist defend everybody, together with youngsters,” O’Leary stated.