As the country navigates safety precautions while kids return to school, a new study finds an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among children.
According to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, there has been a 90% increase in confirmed cases in kids across the United States in the last four weeks.
Dr. Sean O’Leary, the vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, told CNN that parents should take coronavirus cases in children seriously.
Experts found that there is no evidence that kids across the U.S. are doing anything unusual to cause the spike.
“It’s not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children,” O’Leary said. “We’ve had 90 deaths in children in the U.S. already, in just a few months."
O’Leary said there are several reasons why the population is seeing an increase in positive cases, including increased testing, increased movement among children, and a general uptick in cases among the general population.
"When you see a lot more infections in the general population, you're going to see a lot more infections in children," said O'Leary.
“We all have to take this virus seriously, including taking care of our children,” the health expert added.
While cases still spike, it is essential to have conversations with your children.
Educating kids about the novel coronavirus can feel tricky, but parents can have serious conversations with their children to help keep them safe and calm.
Health officials recommend kids take steps to protect against the virus, like washing their hands well and often, keeping their distance from others (especially older adults), sneezing into their elbows, and avoiding touching their faces.