COVID-19 rates among the children and teens are rising as young Americans are starting a new school year. The surge in cases is seen after the winter pandemic before vaccines were widely available.
Local leaders of America are noticing a sharp uptick in cases among the children. The coronavirus cases in Maricopa county, Arizona make up to one-sixth of the country’s positive cases and 6% rate of the hospitalization needed for children. Children under 18 are making nearly 40% of cases in Tennessee state. The surge in cases is over 14,000 among children. 20,256 cases were reported in the new school year in the state of Texas along with the staff with 7,488 cases.
Children represented nearly 15% of COVID-19 cases across the country by the end of August. Mild symptoms are seen among most of the children that include runny nose, coughs, and fevers whereas some children are with severe symptoms that lead to a hospital stay.
As the cases among the children and teens were rare once and now seem to be more transmissible, the Delta variant has made the younger demographics more susceptible to the virus. This has increased the pressure to approve the vaccine for younger children if under 12 to be eligible to get the vaccine shots.