Why the Delta Variant Is Giving More Children Covid: QuickTake

Sept. 15, 2021, 1:08 AM

Covid-19 cases among children are surging across the world amid delta-fueled outbreaks, spurring hospitalizations and raising concern about the risk of severe illness and persistent “long hauler” symptoms. It’s also prompted questions about the safety of schools.

1. How common is Covid in children?

In the U.S., as of early September, almost 5.3 million children and adolescents had tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. That represents 15.5% of all cases, though individuals under 18 make up 22.2% of the U.S. population. However, after declining in early ...

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