New CDC Report on COVID-19 Trends Among School-Aged Children
A new MMWR shows that since March 2020, more than a quarter million (275,000) school-aged children have tested positive for COVID-19 and rates of infection are twice as high in adolescents (aged 12-17) than in younger children (aged 5-11). COVID-19 cases among school-aged children (aged 5-17) increased from March through July. Since the peak in July, the rate of infection has been variable showing decreases and a recent rebound. Among children who were hospitalized or admitted to an ICU for COVID19, a greater percentage reported being Hispanic or Black, or having underlying medical conditions. Schools and communities should use CDC’s guidance to promote the use of multiple prevention and mitigation strategies. They must also be able to adjust these strategies according to spread of COVID-19 in their communities to reduce transmission risk for students, teachers, school staff, and their families. CDC has guidance, tools, resources, and indicators to help schools make these decisions.
This report updates the information describing COVID-19 in children that CDC released in April, and describes demographic characteristics, underlying conditions, hospitalization, ICU admission, and deaths among children with confirmed COVID-19 in the U.S. Additionally, it can provide a baseline for monitoring COVID-19 trends in children and evaluating prevention strategies in school settings.
Read the full report.