More than 111,946 new COVID-19 cases were seen in children in the United States in the last week, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The AAP also reveals that the case numbers were “substantially larger than any previous week in the pandemic”
Since the pandemic began, more than 1 million children have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
And while vaccines are on the way and a new antibody study shows elementary-aged kids may be less likely to spread the virus — we are not out of the woods yet.
Adult behavior continues to witness the virus spread and one million of those positive cases were found in kids.
The AAP states if parents want to keep school open and kids COVID-free, adults must do their part.
“As a pediatrician who has practiced medicine for over three decades, I find this number staggering and tragic.”
“We haven’t seen a virus flash through our communities in this way since before we had vaccines for measles and polio,” said AAP President Sally Goza, MD, FAAP.
“And while we wait for a vaccine to be tested and licensed to protect children from the virus that causes COVID-19, we must do more now to protect everyone in our communities.”
“This is even more important as we approach winter, when people will naturally spend more time indoors where it is easier for the virus to be transmitted.”
The AAP believes that 1 million kids is not even accurate as kids’ symptoms are often more mild than adults so they’re less likely to get tested for COVID-19.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.