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US CHILDREN and SCHOOLS : Among COVID hospitalized children, 42% had an underlying medical condition

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ,the beginning of the 2020-21 school year continues to be tumultuous with some schools conducting classes in-person, some only teaching remotely, and others utilizing hybrid approaches. Plans also continue to change rapidly in many school districts, particularly in those that have been forced to implement quarantine, to varying degrees, or even suspend in-person classes entirely following positive SARS-CoV-2 tests among students or staff. Schools in multiple states—including Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee—have had to adapt existing plans in response to COVID-19 cases.

A study published jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found that 97,078 new confirmed infections among children were reported in the last 2 weeks of July, representing a 40% increase in overall reported infections among children. By the end of July, there were 338,982 total infections by children in the US, equivalent to 447 cases per 100,000 children and making up 8.8% of total US cases. Notably, the study found that 0.6%-8.9% of all cases among children—across 20 states and New York City—were hospitalized. Additionally, states reported COVID-19 mortality in children as high as 0.3%, although 20 of 44 states reported zero pediatric COVID-19 deaths. Two studies published in the US CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) address COVID-19 disease and associated conditions in pediatric cases. The first study describes clinical manifestations and characteristics of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition among pediatric COVID-19 patients that has thus far affected at least 570 children across 40 states and Washington, DC. The second study describes characteristics of hospitalized pediatric COVID-19 patients in the US from March to July. The researchers noted that hospitalization rates were higher among racial and ethnic minorities, consistent with data reported among adult COVID-19 cases. The hospitalization rate was 4-8 times higher among Black and Hispanic and Latino children than among non-Hispanic White children. Notably, one-third of all hospitalized children were ultimately admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), clearly illustrating that, while children are at lower risk for severe disease than adults, pediatric patients can experience severe COVID-19 disease. Among hospitalized children, 42% had an underlying medical condition, with obesity being the most common. In the US, 1 in 5 children are obese, which further highlights the risk of severe COVID-19 disease among pediatric patients.

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  1. I’m torn about these statistics. On the one hand, kids are bound to associate closely, and so have high risk of infection.
    On the other hand, not sending them to school for what will be seven months in September, is clearly harmful to their development.
    I’m regularly witnessing what I never dreamt I would on these parts – previously well mannered middle school children marauding about the streets of Ridgewood at all times of the night.
    Tonight, at about 10:30pm from my vantage point on Franklin Ave, I saw an elderly couple walking up the street with a flashlight for safety. A group of about twenty middle school children on bikes came up the Franklin Ave from the Stevens Field footpath. They were wheelying up the road, and deliberately went head on towards the old couple! Had the lady not moved quickly enough they would have mowed her down. As it happened the gentleman was struck by the lead cyclist who was up on one wheel. Miraculously he rebalanced in time to not fall. They all laughed and called out derogatory names. It was disgusting.
    Clearly the parents can’t lead discipline and structure alone, and it does indeed take a Village to raise a child. The lead offender I witnessed, no older than thirteen, probably comes from a good home with affluent parents, yet at this rate he is heading for a troubled life.
    What with the openly abusive attitude towards the police, and praying upon the young minds by Marxist extremists and criminal elements, our kids need solid role models, structure and discipline, in addition to healthy outlets.
    The current lack of schooling is killing off the children’s futures. Come on teachers and staff, get of your butts and do something other than follow your union’s maligned agenda.

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