Soaring coronavirus case counts across the United States are impacting youngsters at “unprecedented levels,” in accordance to new numbers released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association, that are monitoring knowledge reported by state well being departments.
There had been 61,000 new instances in youngsters over the past week of October, “which is larger than any previous week in the pandemic,” the AAP stated in an announcement.
From the onset of the pandemic via October 29, greater than 853,000 youngsters within the US have examined positive for Covid-19, the AAP stated, together with almost 200,000 new instances through the month of October.
This is a stark reminder of the affect this pandemic is having on everybody — together with our kids and adolescents,” said AAP President Dr. Sally Goza in the statement. “This virus is extremely contagious, and as we see spikes in lots of communities, youngsters are extra doubtless to be contaminated, too.”
Yet these numbers are likely an undercount, the AAP said. Because symptoms in children are often mild and can look like common colds or viruses, many children go untested.
Typical symptoms of Covid-19 in both children and adults include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, a dry cough, difficulty breathing, headaches, digestive issues, body aches and fatigue, runny nose, sore throat and sneezing.
However, early research has suggested children may not get fever, cough or shortness of breath as often as adults.
Fever and cough were found in 56% and 54% of children in one study, compared to 71% and 80% of adults, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shortness of breath was found in only 13% of pediatric patients, compared to 43% of adults. Sore throat, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and diarrhea were also less commonly reported in children.