Coronavirus: Children account for 1 in 11 COVID-19 cases nationwide

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One in every 11 COVID-19 cases nationwide has been diagnosed in a child, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

To date, more than 1 million children have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a figure the academy’s president called “staggering and tragic.”

“We haven’t seen a virus flash through our communities in this way since before we had vaccines for measles and polio,” AAP President Sally Goza said in a prepared statement, noting she has been a practicing pediatrician for more than 30 years.

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The data, compiled from state reports, indicate 1,039,464 children tested positive for the virus as of Nov. 12, the very day the largest one-week increase of 112,000 new cases was reported among the demographic, NPR reported.

According to USA Today, the number of U.S. infants, children and teenagers diagnosed with COVID-19 accounts for 11.5% of all cases in states reporting cases by age.

“This pandemic is taking a heavy toll on children, families & communities, as well as on physicians & other front-line medical teams,” Goza wrote on Twitter, adding, “We need a new, nation-wide strategy, & that should include implementing proven public health measures like mask wearing & physical distancing.”

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