The Facts About COVID-19 and Children

The Facts About COVID-19 and Children

Read the latest data on kids' COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and vaccination numbers.
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Here's a look at the latest COVID-19 data as it relates to children.

Reported cases

Since the start of the pandemic, total reported COVID-19 cases for children since the start of the pandemic have reached over 14.5 million cases and children represent 18.4% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States. (Source: AAP/CHA)

There have been over 155,114 pediatric hospital admissions (ages 0-17) with COVID-19 since August 2020. (Source: CDC)

About 2,030 new hospital admissions of children were reported during the week beginning Aug. 31. Hospitalization rates have been increasing over the past few months. We will continue to monitor the rates. CDC data suggests that the percent change in new pediatric hospital admissions from the previous week is -8.3%.

A CDC report stated that during the peak period of Omicron (Dec. 19, 2021–Feb. 19, 2022), weekly COVID-19-associated hospitalization rates per 100,000 infants and children ages 0-4 years peaked at 14.5%. This Omicron peak was approximately five times more compared to the Delta variant peak (June 27–Dec. 18, 2021).

Nearly 90,639 cases of COVID-19 were reported in children Aug. 25 through Sept. 1, and children represented 20.9% of the weekly reported COVID-19 cases. (Source: AAP/CHA)

Vaccination data

As of Aug. 31, 1.2 million children ages 6 months to 4 years, 10.7 million children ages 5-11 and 17.5 million children ages 12-17 have received at least one vaccination dose, while 8.6 million children ages 5-11 and 15.0 million children ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated. (Source: AAP analysis of CDC data) View the chart.

A study conducted July-October of 2021 stated over 95% of vaccine-eligible children hospitalized with COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated. Similarly, 99% of COVID-19 patients receiving life support while in the hospital had not been fully vaccinated.

For the week ending Sept. 3, Omicron variants were estimated to be over 99.9% of COVID-19 cases. It took less than nine weeks for Omicron to become the dominant variant in the U.S. The Omicron BA.5 is currently the dominant subvariant with 88.6% of COVID-19 cases. (Source: CDC)

Are kids in the hospital now sicker than before?

Based on current data, we can’t answer this question. It is clear that the new variants are more contagious, and more kids are contracting COVID-19. However, it is not clear if the variants are more severe for kids.

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