Covid-19 cases among children are still considered “extremely high,” the American Academy of Pediatricians reported Monday. For the week ending Dec. 2, there were at least 133,022 new cases among children — that’s about 2,000 more new cases than the week before.
Children represented more than 22% of all new Covid-19 cases for the past week, the Academy said.
Since the start of September, nearly 2 million children have gotten sick with Covid-19. This marks the 17th week in a row 100,000 or so children have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
It’s still less likely for children to be hospitalized with Covid-19 compared to adults, but in the states that report hospitalizations by age, kids made up between 1.7% and 4% of those who needed to be treated at the hospital for Covid-19, a number that has been consistent throughout the pandemic.
Deaths also account for a small percentage of total cases. Six states reported zero child deaths from Covid-19. In states reporting death by age, 0% to 0.03% of all child Covid-19 cases resulted in death, according to the academy. But 974 children have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic. That’s 24 additional deaths since last Wednesday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children ages 5 and older are now eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine. Children are still the least vaccinated of any age group.