Coronavirus infections are rising in children, CDC says


August 17, 2020

Adam Robison – Associated Press

In Mississippi, where most children are returning to school for in-person learning, more than 100 students and staff members have tested positive in recent days, and hundreds more have been forced to quarantine. In this Aug. 6, 2020, photo Diane Floyd, a seventh grade math teacher at Guntown Middle School, goes over the daily schedule and bell times with her new students on their first day back to school for the Lee County District in Guntown, Miss.

The number and rate of coronavirus cases in children have risen since the pandemic took hold in the spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in recently updated guidance, underscoring the risk for young people and their families as the school year begins.

According to the CDC, the infection rate in children 17 and younger increased "steadily" from March to July. While the virus is far more prevalent and severe among adults, the true incidence of infection in American children remains unknown because of a lack of widespread testing, the agency said.

The reminder of children's vulnerability came as the United States continued to report more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths every day. Officials reported 1,220 new deaths and 57,120 new infections Saturday while public health experts stressed that testing levels remain too low and some states experienced technical difficulties with their data collection.


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