Child Covid-19 Cases Rising Exponentially

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In its recent issue The Economist writes, until recently adults suffered the highest infection rates where as today the virus is spreading fastest among young people (see chart below).

Screenshot source: The Economist

According to a latest American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report, children cases in children now account for more than one quarter of new weekly US COVID-19 cases, for the first time in the pandemic.

After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially with nearly 500,000 cases in the past two weeks. … it’s about a 240% increase since early July.

American Academy of Pediatrics

As of Thursday Sept 9, nearly 5.3 million children total have tested positive for Covid-19, and children currently account for 29% of all cases reported nationwide, according to AAP.

Referring to the AAP report, CIDRAP writes “hospitalization and death are still rare outcomes in pediatric cases of the virus. But as school starts across the country with the Delta (B1617.2) variant surging, more cases in kids are likely.

As the Delta variant spreads rapidly among mostly the unvaccinated portion of the U.S. population, the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 reportedly hit a record high.

Citing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, CNN Health’s Jen Christensen and Amir Vera write that children are less likely to die from Covid-19 infection. “Among the states that report death by age, children accounted for no more than 0.27% of the deaths. Seven states have reported zero child deaths.”

Covid-19 Vaccines for Children

According to a Pfizer official, Pfizer hope to have their data on vaccinations for children ages 5-11 ready for the FDA by the end of September. According to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a board member at Pfizer and the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration:

“The FDA says it will be a matter of weeks, not months, to make a determination if they’re going to authorize vaccines for kids between 5 to 11. I interpret that to be perhaps four weeks, maybe six weeks.”

In a statement FDA said “Children are not small adults — and issues that may be addressed in pediatric vaccine trials can include whether there is a need for different doses or different strength formulations of vaccines already used for adults”.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of CDC, reportedly said Monday that the public health agency is working urgently on a Covid-19 vaccine for younger children she hopes could be ready by the end of the year.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of September 15, 9 a.m.) 461,117,525 doses have been distributed and 382,294,795 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of September 13) a total of 6,312,286 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of September 15) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 676,505 (out of 11,921,514 tested) with 7,956 deaths.