Aug. 26 2021 The number of coronavirus cases among U.S. children has risen sharply recently. With schools reopening, Delta variants spreading and winter approaching, health officials fear the situation could get worse. On the other hand, the new Governor of New York, John Hodgzu, has dramatically revised up the state’s coronavirus death toll, acknowledging that the previous figure was nearly 12,000 fewer.
The number of new cases of children in the United States has soared
According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, the number of child cases in the United States has more than quadrupled in the past month. At the end of July, there were about 38,000 new cases in children per week, but more than 180,000 new cases in the seven days to August 19, the report said.
The outbreak is likely to continue to worsen as schools open everywhere. In Illinois, the average number of children admitted to hospital for the seven-day average has reached 40, the highest level since the outbreak began. However, compared to other U.S. states where the outbreak is currently severe, Illinois has been relatively mild.
Florida’s recent average single-day hospitalization of children has reached nearly 100, about three times as many as in August 2020. More than 14,000 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the state’s 15 school districts, including 11,851 students and 2,610 faculty members.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, California, a total of 6,500 students missed classes in the first week of the new semester. 3,000 students were quarantined because they tested positive for the new coronavirus, and 3,500 students and 1,000 faculty members were quarantined because of close contact with infected people.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus strain Delta has led to new highs in hospitalizations for all ages under 50, especially among unvaccinated groups.
Health experts are particularly concerned about the possible increase in child cases after students return to school. Because many children return to school without masks or vaccinations. Existing emergency use authorizations apply only to adolescents 12 years and older, while Pfizer vaccines are fully approved for people 16 years and older, and Modner, which has already applied for full approval, is only available to people 18 and older.
Children between the ages of 5 and 11 are expected to be the next group to be approved for the new coronavirus. However, Vivek Murthy, US medical director, said the approval process for emergency authorization could not be completed until the end of 2021.
Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, said timing was an important issue because the more contagious Delta variant was spreading, and the cold, dry winter weather made it easier for the virus to spread in classrooms where children congregate.
New York State Death Toll Increases by 12,000
Kathy Hochul replaced Mr. Cuomo as governor of New York on Thursday. On her first day in office, she dramatically revised the state’s coronavirus death toll, acknowledging that the previous figure was nearly 12,000 fewer.
New State’s coronavirus death toll as of The 24th was 55,400, compared with 43,400 announced by former Gov. Cuomo on his final day in office (August 23), according to coronavirus death statistics submitted to the CDC.
“We’re publishing more statistics on new coronal outbreaks than ever before, so the coronavirus death data for nursing homes and hospitals is consistent with the coronavirus death data submitted to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Disease Control,” Hochshu said in an interview Friday. There are a lot of things that haven’t happened, but I want them to happen, and transparency will be a hallmark of the state government I lead. ”
Earlier media reports said Cuomo’s administration’s new New York coronavirus death toll was inconsistent with CDC statistics. The Associated Press noted that the death toll released by Cuomo at his press conference included only laboratory-confirmed deaths collected from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care centers. This means that those who died in their homes, in state prisons and in other facilities are not counted. In addition, if someone dies in a coronavirus but does not have a positive test before dying, it may not be counted.
Mr. Cuomo’s critics have long accused him of manipulating the coronavirus outbreak data to raise his profile as the leader in the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo has used lower coronavirus outbreak statistics to falsely claim that nursing homes in New York State die less from coronavirus than in other states.