COVID-19 infections continue to drop in US children


For the seventh consecutive week, COVID-19 infections in Americans kids have declined, according to the latest update from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Nearly 118,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported from Oct 14 to Oct 21, which is down significantly from the pandemic peak of nearly 252,000 child cases documented during the first week of September. As of Oct 21, 6.3 million American kids have tested positive for the virus, representing 16.5% of all US cases.

In related news, hospital admissions are declining sharply among US children with COVID-19, Bloomberg reports. Daily pediatric admissions involving confirmed COVID have fallen 56% since the end of August, to an average of about 0.2 per 100,000, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The promising numbers come 1 day after the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) vaccine advisory board gave the green-light to Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) advisory panel is slated to consider the vaccine early next week, with shots beginning as soon as the end of the following week if both the FDA and CDC recommend the vaccine.



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