Coronavirus infections have risen “exponentially” among children across the US, and now account for nearly 29% of all cases reported nationwide, new data published Monday shows.
The American Academy of Pediatrics report 243,373 new cases among kids over the past week, a slight decline from the week before when 251,781 cases were reported – the highest number of cases reported among children for the entire pandemic.
“After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially with nearly 500,000 cases in the past two weeks,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a statement.
The weekly case number reported Monday is about a 240% increase in child cases since the week of July 22 to 29 when the group counted 71,726 cases.
As of Sept. 9, nearly 5.3 million kids have tested positive for Covid-19.
Still, children are far less likely than adults to suffer serious disease or to die from Covid-19. Among states that report hospitalizations by age, children make up 1.6 to 4% of patients who were hospitalized for Covid-19.
Among the states that report death by age, children accounted for no more than 0.27% of the deaths. Seven states have reported no child deaths. As of Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 523 deaths among people younger than 18 in the United States.
Pre-teens and teens have the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates of any age group. Children under the age of 12 cannot get vaccinated.