COVID-19 Deaths In Children On Similar Pattern As Adults: CDC

According to the CDC report, the deaths were more common among certain ethnic or racial communities.

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A close examination of children’s deaths due to COVID-19 in the US indicated that they imitate the patterns seen in older patients.
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A close examination of children’s deaths due to COVID-19 in the US indicated that they imitate the patterns seen in older patients.

According to a KGW report, the analysis looked at 121 deaths that occurred before the end of July, for those below the age of 21. Similar to older adults, many of them had one or multiple medical conditions, including pbesity, asthma, lung problems, heart problems or developmental conditions.

“It’s really pretty striking. It’s similar to what we see in adults.”
Dr Andrew Pavia, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Expert, University of Utah

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, the deaths were more common among certain ethnic or racial communities.

The CDC found that even though the data contained more cases of white Americans, when it came to deaths, 54 were Hispanic, 35 were Black, and only 17 were white. This may be reflective of the fact that many essential workers who have to go to work are Black and Hispanic parents, said Pavia.

Fifteen of the deaths analysed in the report were linked to a rare medical condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which is responsible for swelling and heart problems.

The number of deaths increased with age, and nearly two-thirds of the deaths were those in males. There were 71 deaths among those under 17, including a dozen infants. The remaining 50 deaths were between the ages of 18 to 20.

Experts seek to understand why occurrence of severe illnesses increases as children age. One hypothesis says that younger children have fewer sites on their airway surfaces to which the coronavirus can attach, Pavia said. Another possibility is that children may be less susceptible to an injurious overreaction by the immune system when exposed to the coronavirus, he added.

It must be noted that the number of young deaths is low, only about 0.08% of the total US deaths reported to the CDC, even while children and young adults constitute 26% of the total US population.

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