Over two million children in the U.S. were diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
Nearly 179,000 new child COVID-19 cases were reported the week ending December 24.
Since November 12, there has been an increase of one million child COVID-19 cases. Over the two weeks from December 10 to 24, there was a 22 percent increase in child COVID-19 cases in the country.
Children accounted for 12.4 percent of all confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States. The overall rate was 2,658 cases per 100,000 children in the population, according to the report.
The AAP said, “There is an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects.”