The number of children across the country who have been infected with COVID-19 has declined this week but is still at staggering levels: an increase of more than 2,700% since the end of June.
The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday released new data showing that the number of cases in children has “increased exponentially” in recent weeks.
Data shows more than 243,000 children were infected last week, a drop from the previous week when nearly 252,000 cases were reported, but still the “second highest number of child cases in a week. since the start of the pandemic “.
That’s a huge jump from the 8,447 cases reported in late June or 12,100 in early July, according to AAP data.
The surprising leap comes as more schools return to in-person learning and tensions rise over mandates on vaccinations and masks across the country.
Also in the news:
►Despite a small drop in new daily COVID-19 cases since a recent spike last week, the Wisconsin coronavirus outbreak remains at levels last seen in winter.
►Iowa school districts once again have the power to enact mask warrants after a federal judge temporarily blocked a law prohibiting them from doing so.
►Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is threatening local governments with a fine of $ 5,000 per violation for forcing their employees to be vaccinated.
►A group of gorillas at the Atlanta Zoo are set to be vaccinated after testing positive for coronavirus, according to a public statement by zoo officials released on Sunday.
Numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 662,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 225.3 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. Nearly 179 million Americans – 53.9% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What we read: Most children who suffer from long debilitating symptoms of COVID-19 get better. Doctors worry about those who don’t.
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Children also scan long-haul routes
Most children with the virus recover quickly and the illness is mild. But about 2% to 3%, estimated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Rochelle Walensky, struggle with an array of puzzling and sometimes crippling symptoms that stretch for weeks or months without explanation or clear end date. Clinics are springing up to provide care for these children, and researchers are studying how the virus triggered their lingering symptoms and how best to treat them. So far, the answers are few and the list of questions long.
“Everyone wants quick answers,” said Daniel Munblit, a pediatric immune system expert at Imperial College London who studies long-term COVID-19. “We have no answers.”
– Kristen Jordan Shamus and Karen Weintraub
Putin isolates himself over COVID cases in his inner circle
Russian President Vladimir Putin is isolating himself because of coronavirus cases in his entourage, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, adding that he had tested negative for COVID-19. Putin was fully vaccinated with the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, receiving his second injection in April. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Putin was “absolutely healthy” but would self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who contracted the virus. On Monday, the Russian president attended several public events. He greeted Russian Paralympians, attended military exercises conducted in coordination with Belarus and met Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“Even in my entourage, problems arise with this COVID,” said the Russian leader as quoted by the state news agency RIA Novosti. “We need to look at what’s really going on there. I think I may have to quarantine myself soon. A lot of people around (me) are sick. “
Who will be eligible for a booster vaccine?
In just one week, COVID-19 vaccine boosters could begin to be available to all fully vaccinated Americans. But exactly who will be eligible and when will be decided that two key science advisory committees will meet a few days before the start date of the Biden administration on September 20.
That leaves little reaction time for healthcare system administrators like Dr Tammy Lundstrom, chief medical officer of Michigan-based Trinity Health, which operates 91 hospitals and 120 continuing care facilities in 22 states.
“We have our data team ready to push the button to help us identify all of our patients who are ready for a recall,” Lundstrom said. “We look forward to advice, like everyone else.”
Originally, President Joe Biden said that a third booster dose for people with healthy immune systems would be offered starting September 20 to anyone who received their second injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine ago. is at least eight months old, pending clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.
But the administration backed down slightly from concerns that the announcement was ahead of recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committees. The FDA committee meets Friday to discuss recall recommendations; the CDC committee meeting is not yet scheduled but could take place the next day to meet the September 20 target.
– Elisabeth Weise
Contribution: The Associated Press