First published in September 2020.

In ongoing data collection from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 children in the United States have risen dramatically over the past five months.

Overall, the per capita increase from 13 in April to nearly 800 by mid-September greatly outpaces the total population’s case rate over the same time period. This is also shown in the percentage of total cases among children, growing from just 2% in April to 10.3% by 17 September.

Some states are reporting astronomical increases in COVID-19 cases in children just as schools begin to reopen. In July, the U.S. had a 90% increase in total cases among children, with states like Florida seeing child cases increase by 137%.

There is little evidence suggesting COVID-19 is less transmittable or severe in children, and a rising number of hospitalizations in children due to the disease coincides with increased cases. Hospitalizations for child cases of COVID-19 have risen from 0.8% in late May to 1.7% in September of total hospitalizations. Deaths have risen relatively slower, going from a total of 28 in late May to 109 as of 17 September.

With a growing body of evidence showing how the coronavirus can quickly spread through children, many are calling for their local and statewide school districts to postpone in-person learning. Many students, however, are pushing forward with regular in-person classes to start the school year.🔷

Number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 children & percentage of total cases between 16 April-17 September. | Statista

[This piece was first published in Statista & written by Willem Roper, Editor at Statista.]

(Cover: Three Children Wearing Face Masks Photo by Janko Ferlic on Iconscout.)

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