Increasing rate of COVID-19 among children in the USA

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Since the COVID-19 epidemic started, one of the most important issues discussed is the relationship of children with the disease. First, it was pointed out that children were only carriers and the rate of getting the disease was low. In other words, it is not included in the risk groups … However, as the virus became better known over time, it was understood more clearly who could be infected. Now it is possible to talk about the infection rates in children.

Let’s look at the United States, where more than 5 million new types of coronavirus cases are seen.

Recent data show that children in the US are getting the virus faster across the country. The idea that children and young people are relatively safe from illness is naturally open to discussion.

[Grafik: TRT Haber / Nursel Cobuloğlu]

Data of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, the organization of children’s hospitals with more than 200 membersAccording to what, COVID-19 cases per 100,000 children in the country have increased significantly in the past 4 months. Overall, the per capita increase, from 13 cases in April to about 450 at the end of July, largely outpaced the total population’s rate of cases over the same period. It is also possible to see this in the total percentage of cases among children. This rate, which was only 2 percent in April, increased to about 9 percent by 30 July.

Some states are reporting large increases in COVID-19 cases in children as schools start to reopen. Last month, there was a 90 percent increase in child cases across the United States. One of the states with the highest increase in the Florida, where it increased by 137 percent.

There is now little evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is less contagious or severe in children. Increasing number of hospitalizations in children due to illness coincide with increasing cases.

Hospitalizations for child COVID-19 cases increased from 0.8 percent at the end of May to 1.4 percent at the end of July, based on total hospitalizations. Casualties increased more slowly; The death toll, which was 28 at the end of May, increased to 86 as of July 30.

“How will schools be opened?” debate

Among the questions of how the epidemic can be controlled, when a vaccine and drug can be found, that is, when we will get rid of the coronavirus, another issue that stands out is the opening of schools. When it comes to children, anxiety also increases. Because the number of cases is obvious.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1 billion students worldwide lost their schools.  Photo: Getty

[COVID-19 salgını nedeniyle dünya çapında 1 milyarı aşkın öğrenci okulundan oldu. Fotoğraf: Getty]

The coronavirus outbreak has affected more than 1 billion students worldwide. Since both children and cases were wanted to be kept under control, education was either suspended or students started working remotely / online.

Now, with the autumn season, millions of students in many countries are preparing to return to school this month. In fact, each country announces its plan according to the number of cases and precautionary status.

Turkey will start remote education by the end of August. Depending on the course of the disease, face-to-face training will be introduced gradually.

Although President Donald Trump wants schools to be opened in the USA, local governments and schools are distant to this decision. Many schools favor progressive education. According to the latest opinion polls, families are not willing to send their children to school anyway. When it comes to face-to-face education, some states in the USA are not in favor of opening schools every day.

In some European countries such as France, the issue of gradual transition is on the agenda. In other words, children will continue their education online first, and if the number of cases is controlled, face-to-face education will be started.

England, Italy, Germany and Spain plan to continue face-to-face training by paying attention to mask, distance and hygiene rules. In England, students will also be provided with school, shuttle and catering services in groups. While the number of students in the classes will be reduced, regulations will be made in the entrance and exit hours.



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