The Kids Conundrum

A girl walks through the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York. April 14, 2020. Image: Johannes Eisele/ AFP/Getty
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A girl walks through the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York. April 14, 2020. Image: Johannes Eisele/ AFP/Getty

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.

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