A study of more than 100,000 pediatric patients confirms COVID-19 has mostly spared children the worst outcomes, but it “doesn’t attempt to explain” why, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The JAMA Pediatrics study, which included 135,794 pediatric patients across 7 US health systems, found:
- 96% of tests came back negative
- Less than 7% of positive cases developed severe illness
- Among the 0.2% who died after testing positive, most had preexisting medical conditions
Like Adults: Infection was more common and more severe among Black, Hispanic, and Asian adolescents, and among those with public health insurance.
Fast Change: The study period ended September 8. November 5–12 saw “by far the highest weekly increase” in children’s cases so far. Kentucky pediatricians are noticing the uptick in calls, NPR reports.