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COVID-19 cases among children have decreased by 3% with more than 243,000 testing positive last week

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The number of COVID-19 cases among children in the US has declined after hitting record highs recently.

More than 243,000 U.S. children and teens tested positive for the virus last week, according to a new report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The figure represents a three percent drop from the roughly 251,000 under-18s who contracted Covid the week before.

This brings the total number of pediatric coronavirus cases to more than 5.2 million since the start of the pandemic.

Children also accounted for 28.9 percent of all U.S. cases recorded last week.

However, most pediatric cases are not serious and virus-related childhood deaths are rare, with pediatric deaths accounting for just 0.1 percent of all COVID-19 deaths.

Because of children’s low risk of serious illness and death, parents and doctors are split 50/50 on whether or not to vaccinate children.

Last week, more than 243,000 COVID-19 cases were recorded among children and teens, a 3.3% of the 251,000 cases recorded the week before (above)

Under 18s were 28.9% of all U.S. cases recorded last week, with a total of 5.2 million since the start of the pandemic.  Pictured: A nasal swab is taken from a child at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles, August 2021

Under 18s were 28.9% of all U.S. cases recorded last week, with a total of 5.2 million since the start of the pandemic. Pictured: A nasal swab is taken from a child at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles, August 2021

According to the AAP report, 243,373 cases of COVID-19 in children were reported between Sept. 2 and Sept. 9.

This is a decrease of 3.3 percent from the 251,781 cases recorded from August 26 to September 2.

Currently, 14 states report that 18 percent or more of their cumulative cases are in children: Vermont, Alaska, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maine, New Mexico, Minnesota, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Washington, Arizona, and North Dakota.

Vermont has the most with more than 22 percent of all cases of the state among the youngest residents.

Meanwhile, just four states — Idaho, Iowa, Florida and Utah — reported less than 12 percent of cases among children.

In addition, eight states have seen a more than 20 percent increase in child cases in the past two weeks: Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Children are responsible for 18% of all recorded COVID-19 cases in 14 states

Children are responsible for 18% of all recorded COVID-19 cases in 14 states

When it comes to regions across the country, the South has the most childhood cases reported with over 120,000.

Meanwhile, the Northeast had the least number of cases with about 20,000.

Children never accounted for more than 0.27 percent of deaths in any state, and seven states reported zero infant deaths.

A total of 460 children have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, about 170 of them after the Delta variant began to spread rapidly.

“Right now, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children,” the authors wrote.

“However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on the long-term effects of the pandemic on children, including ways in which the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects.”

American parents are split 50/50 on whether or not to vaccinate their children.

The South has the most Covid cases in children with more than 120,000 reported (green), while the Northeast had the fewest with about 20,000 (blue)

The South has the most Covid cases in children with more than 120,000 reported (green), while the Northeast had the fewest with about 20,000 (blue)

Some doctors have also suggested that children should not be vaccinated because of their low risk of serious illness and death.

In April 2021 opinion poll, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, parents were asked whether they would have their child vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and available for their child’s age group.

Three in ten parents – 29 percent – of children under 18 said they would have their child vaccinated ‘immediately’ while 15 percent said they only plan to vaccinate their children if the school requires it and 19 percent said their child certainly won’t be vaccinated.

A July 2021 surveyMott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine last month found that 39 percent of parents said their children had already received a coronavirus shot.

But 40 percent of parents also said it was ‘unlikely’ that their children would be vaccinated.”

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