COVID-19: Over 500,000 kids have tested positive in the US

New York, 9th September: Over 500,000 kids have tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

According to the reports from CBS, more than 500,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the children represented 9.8% of all COVID-19 cases in the US, where more than 6.3 million total cases have been reported, per a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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The AAP reported there were 70,630 new child cases, a 16% increase over two weeks, between August 20 and September 3, which brings the national total to 513,415.

The report said the cumulative death toll in the US for children due to the coronavirus is 103. In a subset of data that was analyzed from 42 states and New York City, children were 0-0.3% of all COVID-19 deaths, and 18 states reported zero child deaths.

“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children,” the AAP said. But health experts have said that kids could spread COVID-19.

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Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control has issued new data about a deadly and mysterious pediatric illness with potential links to the coronavirus.

Since mid-May, the CDC has been following an outbreak of Multisystem Inflammatory Illness in Children (MIS-C) or sometimes referred to as PMIS.

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The CDC describes it as “a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19” that sometimes presents after a COVID illness or after contact with someone with COVID-19.

Instead of attacking the lungs as the new coronavirus disease does in adults, this syndrome, while seemingly very rare, can trigger serious, even deadly cardiac complications in kids.

The report by the AAP was released after thousands of children returned to the school campuses. Parents seemed excited and nervous altogether to drop off their children.

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