Kids And Covid 19: Are Children Getting Sicker As They Catch The Delta Variant Of The Virus?

Kids And Covid 19: Are Children Getting Sicker As They Catch The Delta Variant Of The Virus?
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As it’s been already revealed, the coronavirus cases among kids are rising, and this is happening at a time when the highlight infectious Delta variant advances across the US at a rapid pace. 

According to the latest reports coming from NPR.org, the new state-level data analyzed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association is showing that children accounted for roughly 15% of all newly reported COVID-19 cases across the nation for the week ending on Aug. 5.

Delta variant and kids 

It’s been also reported that almost 94,000 child cases of COVID-19 were recorded during that period – this means a 31% increase over the roughly 72,000 cases reported a week earlier. In the week before then, there were 39,000 new child cases.

“This virus is really tracking the unvaccinated,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Stanford University.

She continued and said the following:

“Because children under 12 are not able to be vaccinated, we’re just seeing the same increase in infections in that group because [the delta variant] is so infectious.”

The same online publication that we mentioned above notes that there’s an important question that parents have been asking – this is whether Delta is making kids sicker or not. It seems that there is still no clear answer to this crucial issue. 

“I’m not seeing any patterns that suggest the virus is more virulent or more serious or more severe in children than it was before this variant appeared,” Maldonado added.

In other recent relevant news, it’s been just revealed by the latest reports that the US experts are expected to recommend Covid 19 vaccine boosters for all Americans.

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Credit: Pixabay.com

Yahoo News notes that this will be happening for everyone, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot. 

Stay tuned for more info about the novel coronavirus. 


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Rada Mateescu

Passionate about subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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