More than one-fifth of Covid-19 cases in the US are among children. It has surpassed the total average of 14.8% child cases during the pandemic.
Rising Child Cases In The Us, Concern For The CDC
Children account for about 22.4% of the reported cases. In the last week, there was a rise in child cases by 9%.
Cases are on the rise as children are attending in-person schooling. Also, children under 12 are not allowed for vaccination.
The director of CDCP said, “ The hospitalization among kids is fourfold now.” The vaccination rate among children is low, whereas vaccinated children rarely need hospitalization. Dr. Walensky says, “Vaccination works.”
The United States is reporting 10,000 deaths per week.
The highest since early March. The USA had even reported 1,525 deaths in a week, showing a 562% increase in cases.
In view of the situation, Alabama is campaigning for Covid-19 vaccination before the football games this fall. Alabama recruited 13 colleges for the same cause.
The United States now has 39 million confirmed Covid-19 cases. With 643,000 deaths, reports from Johns Hopkins University show.
The global total is 218 million cases and 4.5 million deaths. The vaccination count in the US is 52.7% of the total population.
Iowa governor in the limelight
Lowa has 22% of its total cases as child cases. The Iowa governor is refusing to recommend masks for students.
The governor on Thursday said state laws do not allow local districts to make it a need. He further added that his view does not matter.
Lowa is among the five states which have a ban on mask mandate. Garcia said parents can make their own decision.
Many governors in the US are hesitant to enforce mask requirements in their states.
Unseasonal Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Other respiratory diseases are also requiring pediatric intensive care. This is one of the reasons for higher hospitalization among children. The RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes mild cold-like symptoms among infected children.
CDCP calls it the “most common cause of pneumonia” among 1-year-old children and younger.
RSV is observed from October to December, but its presence in August is a cause of concern. The RSV virus and the Covid-19 virus are causing higher hospitalization. The hospitals are under threat of staff shortage and capacity.
Experts are showing concern for the children infected with both Covid-19 and RSV. Versalovic said, ” Half of the children with duo infection are hospitalized at Texas Children’s.” The hospitalized children are under 5.
Stigma about vaccination
Vaccinated people are hiding it from some people. A poll from USA TODAY shows 11% of vaccinated people are hiding it from others, 6% are not telling anyone.
The distrust in the vaccine is so high that some Americans are taking the shots in secret.
One-sixth of the vaccinated Americans say they are keeping it from others. One in seventeen are not telling others. ten million of the 174 million vaccinated Americans are not sharing the information.
Maine, a manufacturing worker sharing false information about vaccination calls it “Hostile”.