Published: Fri, September 18, 2020
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The Majority Of Children Dying From COVID-19 Are Children Of Color

The Majority Of Children Dying From COVID-19 Are Children Of Color

However, the study also stated that children are not immune to the novel coronavirus and a post-viral condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

The deaths - almost half of which occurred among those ages 18 to 20 - represent a small fraction of the 391,814 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 or MIS-C in that age group during that time frame.

Children and teens from minority groups are disproportionately hit by coronavirus, just as older adults are, according to the findings of a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The total number of young deaths is relatively small, representing about 0.08% of all U.S. COVID-19 deaths reported to CDC during the study period.

Deaths among children younger than 10 were less common: There were 24 deaths in children ages 1 to 9, and 12 deaths in infants, the report said. Although the vast majority of those who were already battling a chronic illness, 30 of the 121 individuals - 25 percent - were listed as "previously healthy", with "no underlying medical conditions".


Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says the results are not unexpected. Together, these groups make up just 41 percent of the USA population under age 21.

Out of 121 deaths among under-21s, 45 per cent were among Hispanics, 29 per cent among blacks and four per cent among American Indians or Alaskan Natives.

They also added that efforts should be made to reduce possible exposures where mask use and social distancing are hard to maintain, like hotels and restaurants.

The analysis also found that 63% of school employees lived in homes where at least one adult was at high risk of contracting Covid-19; 59% percent of school-age children lived in households with at least one vulnerable adult; and high schoolers were more likely than elementary school children to live with an adult vulnerable to the coronavirus. "The 121 deaths are a tiny fraction of the more than 190,000 deaths that have been reported in the United States".

Even though children are reassuringly less likely to get severely ill and die, they can still get infected and transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others, according to numerous studies. The latest CDC report included deaths reported in children and young people under age 21. That report only includes cases defined by the states as "pediatric" - an age that varies from state to state, and in some states, cuts off at 17.

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