While parents continue to consider options for a fall school reopening in the midst of a global pandemic, a recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP) reports that almost 100,000 children have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July.
According to John Hopkins University, the US toped five million cases of coronavirus this morning, meaning we now have nearly a quarter of global cases of the virus and the world’s most recorded deaths at 162.441. The AAP confirmed 97,000 children tested positive in the U.S. from July 16 to July 30 with testing still assessing the impacts of the virus on infants, increasing the estimated cases of children to 338,000.
In order to continue to research and study the impacts of the virus in kids and the role they play in transmitting the virus to others, CBS News reports that Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Tina Hartert is leading a government-funded study that sent test kits sent to 2,000 families. “They are taught how to collect these samples, and then the samples are sent back by the families to a central repository,” Hartert explained.
2,000 families in 10 cities will be tested for #covid19 every two weeks with nasal swabs in an @NIH-funded study exploring what role children play in transmission. @VI4Research's Dr. Tina Hartert, who is leading it, expects early results in weeks. https://t.co/VXU9yOz2Fs
— VUMC Insights (@VUMC_Insights) July 5, 2020
The rush for evaluating more kids comes as counties across the country formulate back-to – school fall plans. Although some schools in Georgia and Indiana have now returned to in-person instruction, the US has already seen troubling rates for successful cases. And while it has been shown that children recover quicker from the virus than adults, the way they transmit the virus to others is of great concern.
The American Association of Pediatricians says kids are better off in school, but its president says ordering schools to reopen "without consideration of community spread really goes against our recommendations."https://t.co/buV7pQ3MgN
— NPR (@NPR) July 9, 2020
The danger to the children is still terrifying, though lower. In July alone, more than 25 children died of coronavirus and a recent CDC report reveals that Black and Hispanic children are at an elevated risk of experiencing symptoms that require hospitalisation.
“I suspect there are a lot of kids who may be shedding small amounts of virus without a whole lot of symptoms,” said Dr. Kenneth Alexander, chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.
“If you look at the mortality data and even the hospitalization data, children do really, really well. The majority of kids with COVID-19 probably don’t even come to medical attention,” Alexander said. “I’m much more worried about the 62-year-old diabetic lunch lady than I am about the kid getting a Sloppy Joe. So, as we think about opening our schools, I think the name of the game is still protecting the adults in the school environment.”
1 out of 3 kids hospitalized for the coronavirus was admitted to the ICU, a CDC analysis finds. Hispanic children were about 8 times as likely as white children to be hospitalized, while Black children were 5 times as likely.https://t.co/iCAiczmTtm
— NPR (@NPR) August 8, 2020