By Dana Sanchez
New covid-19 cases are skyrocketing among U.S. children, who were diagnosed with a weekly record of 61,000-plus new infections last week, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
Black and Hispanic children suffered disproportionately higher rates of infection, said Sally Goza, president of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a press release.
Although severe illness from covid appears to be rare among children, pediatricians are concerned about the long-term physical, emotional and mental health of infected children.
“I’m very concerned about the long-term harms that children may suffer, particularly Black and Hispanic children, who are suffering a higher number of infections,” Goza said. “This includes not only children who test positive for the virus, but everyone in these communities who are suffering disproportionate emotional and mental health harms.”
In mid-April, children accounted for 2 percent of U.S. covid-19 cases. Now they Click here to read entire article