Childhood COVID-19 cases are up 32% from two weeks ago, pediatricians report

According to a recent report, pediatric COVID-19 cases are up 32% from two weeks ago.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital Association, used state-level case data and wrote that nearly 6.8 million children have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began, Nov. 18.

“Almost 142,000 child cases were added this week, an increase of about 32% from two weeks ago,” the groups wrote. β€œThe number of children has fallen since a peak of 252,000 in the week of September 2, but the number of COVID cases among children remains extremely high.”


For the 15th consecutive week, there have been more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 in children, and there have been more than 1.7 million additional cases of children since the first week of September.

Since the start of the pandemic, children accounted for 16.9% of total cumulative cases and children accounted for 25.1% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases for the week ending November 18.

James Marshall (5) wears a sticker after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children in Cranston, Rhode Island, on November 4, 2021.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

The total number of childhood COVID-19 cases as of that date was 8,992 cases per 100,000 children in the population. Children under the age of 18 reportedly make up 22.2% of the US population.

From November 11-18, 141,905 cases of COVID-19 were reported in children, and children previously represented 25.1% of weekly reported cases.

In the two weeks from November 4 to 18, there was a 4% increase in the cumulative number of childhood COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

While the AAP and CHA said the age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was provided on the health department websites of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, a smaller subset of states reported on hospital admissions. and mortality by age.


Among 24 states and New York City, children ranged from 1.7% to 4.0% of their total cumulative hospitalizations; 0.1% -1.9% of all their children with COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization.

Among 45 states, New York City, Puerto Rico and Guam, children accounted for 0.00% to 0.25% of all COVID-19 deaths and resulted in 0.00% to 0.03% of all COVID-19 cases in children in death.

Available data indicate COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children and – at this point – it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is also uncommon.

“However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on the long-term effects of the pandemic on children, including ways in which the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects.” the report said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that fewer cases have been reported in children aged 0-17 compared to adults, and emphasizes that while children are less affected by the disease than adults, children can become ill and Spreading COVID-19 to others.

Children with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for serious illness.


Rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations are also lower in children of all ages compared to adults, although some children develop acute symptoms or develop later Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C),

Anyone 5 years and older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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