Children from ethnic and racial minorities, those with underlying health conditions, and those between the ages of 18 and 20 are more likely to die, a CDC-led research team published Tuesday in the agency’s Morbity and Mortality Weekly report It is written in the study.
The researchers asked 50 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands to report deaths from coronovirus under the age of 21 between 12 February and 31 July.
Of the approximately 6.5 million Kovid-19 cases in the country, researchers found a total of 391,814 cases of Kovid-19 and MIS-C among people under 21 years of age. People below the age of 21 make up 26% of the US population, they rise. Only 8% of all reported cases.
“Infants, children, adolescents and young adults, particularly those from high-risk racial and ethnic minority groups with underlying medical conditions, and their caregivers are clear, consistent and evolutionary, linguistically and culturally appropriate COVID-19 Prevention Needs Message, ”the researchers wrote.
While 25% of deaths were in previously healthy children, 75% had at least one underlying health condition and 45% had two or more. The most commonly reported medical condition for lung disease including asthma was; obesity; Neurological and developmental status and cardiac condition.
There is considerable variation among younger age groups compared to teenagers and young adults due to breakdowns between different age groups. About 10% of the deaths were in infants under 1 year old, with an additional 9% in children between 1 and 4, with 11% in the range 5–9 and 10% in the 10–13 range. But around 20% of the deaths were seen in adolescents between 14 and 17 years old and more than 40% were in 18 to 20 year olds.
This somewhat coincides with earlier CDC data showing children between 0 and 4 years old are four times less likely to be hospitalized and nine times less likely to be 18 to 29 years old. And children between 5 and 17 years of age die. Children are nine times less likely to die in hospital and 16 times less likely than 18 to 29 year olds.
Boys are worse off than girls: 63% of deaths occurred in men compared to 63% of women.
Even though children are less likely to become seriously ill and die, they can still infect and pass SARS-CoV-2 to others according to several studies.
They found at least two children who had no symptoms, not only caught the virus, but also gave it to others, including a mother who was hospitalized. An eight-month-old baby infected both parents.
Researchers from the Salt Lake County County Health Department wrote in their report, “Children exposed to these three facilities were mild with no symptoms. Two out of three asymptomatic children were exposed to their parents and possibly their teachers SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted.
The CDC researchers of the current study said that it is important to keep a close watch on children infected with Kovid-19. “Although infants, children, and adolescents are more likely to have CODID-19 disease than adults, complications, including MID-C and respiratory failure, occur in these populations. Being infected or exposed to SARS-COV-2 Should be closely followed. Follow up closely so that clinical deterioration can be detected early, “he wrote.
Jacqueline Howard, Sandy Lamotte and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.