By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
FRIDAY, Sept. 3, 2021
As the school year gets underway across the United States, new data shows that coronavirus cases among children are climbing.
Since the pandemic began, children have represented 14.8% of total cases, but for the week ending Aug. 26, that percentage jumped to 22.4%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
While child COVID-19 cases declined in early summer, they have “increased exponentially” recently, with more than a five-fold increase in the past month, according to the academy. Child cases went from about 38,000 the week ending July 22 to more than 200,000 in the last week.
That rate was well above the average that has been seen throughout the pandemic, and the trend is concerning as the Delta variant may pose greater danger to children, most of whom are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.