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Kovid-19 has killed at least 121 people under the age of 21 across the US, of which nearly two-thirds were black and Hispanic people, a new study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said is.
Reports emerged days after the study alleging that Trump administration officials were interfering with the CDC’s process to publish such a study.
The researchers, which includes several CDC personnel and officials from about 30 state health departments, said the study presents risk Kovid-19 for young people, although young people are not usually as ill as coronovirus patients. He said the data should be constantly monitored as schools and childcare centers.
The researchers wrote, “Although migraines are more likely to have COVID-19 disease in infants, children, and adolescents, as adults, complications, including MIS-C and respiratory failure.” MIS-C refers to the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children, a rare but serious condition that appears to be associated with Covid-19.
“Evaluating the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies will also be important for schools and for parents and other carers to inform public health guidance,” the researchers said.
The study stated that 45% of the 121 youth who died of Kovid-19 were Hispanic and 29% were black. The study stated that about 4% of Americans were of Indian or Alaska origin. Overall, the groups represent 41% of the US population, researchers said, but more than 75% of Kovid-19 deaths occur in people under 21 years of age.
Researchers wrote, “Infants, children and adolescents hospitalized with cases of laboratory confirmation COVID-19 and MIS-C are overrepresented individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups.”
The researchers stated that 75% of the 121 people who died had at least one underlying medical condition, and that the most frequently reported condition was chronic lung disease such as asthma, obesity, neurologic status, and heart condition.
Of those who died, 10% were among people under the age of one year, 20% were those who were between the ages of 1 and 9, and the remaining 70% were between the ages of 10 and 20 Occurred in the people of the study. The study said that about half of the deaths occurred in people between 18 and 20 years old. Researchers said the average age of 121 people who died was 16.
Researchers collected data from 50 states, the District of Columbia from February 12 to July 31, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. He noted some limitations of the study. The researchers said that it is possible that not all deaths have been caused by limited testing and reporting standards. He stated that the CDC was not able to obtain a death certificate to verify the cause of death and may not have standard reporting in the courts.
And the researchers noted that during most of the study time, schools and child care centers were closed and children were often not tested, thus limiting the scope of the data.
The study is a matter of concern over allegations of political thinking within the CDC. Politico and other outlets reported last week that Trump aides who were appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services were pressuring the CDRC to change the report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
Politico cited emails in which the HHS official criticized the CDC researchers’ decision to classify people between the ages of 18 and 20 as pediatric. The official, Paul Alexander, said the decision was “misleading”.