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A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in American children and young adults shows mirror patterns seen in older patients.

The report, published Tuesday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, examined 121 coronovirus-related deaths in people under 21 between 12 February and 31 July.

Like older Americans, many of them had at least one medical condition before becoming infected, such as lung problems such as asthma, obesity, heart problems, or developmental conditions.

Like older adults, death of young people was also more common in some racial and ethnic groups. The CDC found that 54 of the 121 casualties were Latino, 35 were Black and 17 were White.

“It’s really very striking,” Dr. Andrew Pavia, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Utah who was not involved in the CDC study. He said “this is what we see in adults” and may reflect many things, including many essential workers who have to go to work are Black and Latina parents.

The total number of young deaths is relatively low, representing approximately 0.08% of all US COVID-19 reported by the CDC during the study. Children and college-age adults make up 26% of the US population.

Fifteen deaths were linked to a rare condition in children called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which can cause inflammation and heart problems.

The report also found that about two-thirds of the deaths occurred in men, and that deaths increased with age. There were 71 deaths among people under 17, including a dozen infants. The remaining 50 deaths occurred in adults between 18 and 20 years of age.

Scientists are still trying to understand why serious illnesses seem more common than children. One theory is that young children have fewer ACE2 receptors on their airway surfaces that are able to attach coronoviruses, Pavia said. Another is that children may be at risk of a dangerous overgrowth by the immune system for coronaviruses, he said.

Thus far this year, the COVID-19 toll in children is lower than the number of pediatric flu deaths reported to the CDC during a typical flu season, which has been around 130 in recent years. But it is difficult to compare the two for several reasons, with most schools not open during the spring due to the epidemic.