A total 513,415 minors In the United States, they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since last spring, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Association of Children’s Hospitals began collecting these types of cases.
In a joint statement, both organizations indicated that between August 20 and September 3 they have detected 70,630 new cases of coronavirus among children and adolescents, which has meant a 16% increase of infections of minors in the last two weeks.
“These numbers are a chilling reminder why we should take this virus seriously “, AAP president Sara “Sally” Goza said in the note.
“While much of COVID-19 is still unknown, we know that the expansion among minors reflects what is happening in larger communities,” warned the person in charge, noting that it has been registered “a disproportionate number of cases among black and Hispanic minors and in places with great poverty. “
In that sense, he urged to work hard to end the social inequalities that lead to these kinds of disparities.
9.8% of infections
The text explains that the 513,415 cases of minors account for 9.8% of the infections detected in the US, and that throughout the summer there have been regrowth in southern, western and midwest states of the country.
AAP Committee for Infectious Diseases Vice Chairman Sea O’Leary noted that “a rapid increase in positive cases happened during the summer, And as the weather gets colder we know that people will be spending more time at home. “
“The goal is to get children go back to school to face-to-face classes, but in many communities, this is not possible as the virus spreads uncontrollably, “he said.
O’Leary noted that the flu season and that measures such as wearing face masks, avoiding large crowds and maintaining social distance are necessary.
“Also, it will be really important that everyone get the flu shot this year. These measures will help protect everyone, including minors, “he added.
Resumption of classes
The classes, mostly virtual, they resumed for millions of US students on Tuesday in some of the nation’s largest school districts.
This Tuesday students from Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore and some suburbs of Washington DC returned to school, but almost all with classes online.
In New York City, the nation’s largest school district, teachers and school staff returned to schools on Tuesday, but the city’s 1.1 million students They will not resume face-to-face classes until September 21.
In other parts of the country, such as some southern and midwestern states, schools reopened with face-to-face classes more than a month ago, but some have had to return to virtual teaching due to outbreaks of COVID-19.
The United States is the country in the world most affected by the pandemic with more than 6.3 million cases detected and almost 190,000 deaths, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.