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WHAT IS WORSE FOR CHILDREN COVID-19 OR THE VACCINE





06/23/2021

As of June 10, only 17,000 children in 24 states had been hospitalized for Covid-19, and 330 children had died, according to data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics.



State-level reports are the best publicly available and timely data on child COVID-19 cases in the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association are collaborating to collect and share all publicly available data from states on child COVID-19 cases (definition of “child” case is based on varying age ranges reported across states; see report Appendix for details and links to all data sources).

As of June 17, over 4.02 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. About 15,800 new child cases were reported last week. As in the past couple of weeks, this is similar to the number of new weekly cases reported in June 2020.

The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was provided on the health department websites of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Since the pandemic began, children represented 14.2% of total cumulated cases. For the week ending June 17, children were 24.6% of new reported weekly COVID-19 cases.

A smaller subset of states reported on hospitalizations and mortality by age; the available data indicate that COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children.


At this time, it still appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children. However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects.






Summary of Findings (data available as of 6/17/21) :
Cumulative Number of Child COVID-19 Cases*
4,024,335 total child COVID-19 cases reported, and children represented 14.2% (4,024,335/28,402,723) of all cases
Overall rate: 5,347 cases per 100,000 children in the population
Change in Child COVID-19 Cases*
15,763 new child COVID-19 cases were reported the past week from 6/10/21-6/17/21 (4,008,572 to 4,024,335) and children represented 24.6% (15,763/64,185) of the new weekly cases
Over two weeks, 6/3/21-6/17/21, there was a <1% increase in the cumulated number of child COVID-19 cases (30,184 new cases (3,994,151 to 4,024,335))
Testing (11 states reported)*
Children made up between 6.0%-19.8% of total state tests, and between 5.1%-34.8% of children tested were tested positive
Hospitalizations (23 states and NYC reported)*
Children were 1.4%-3.3% of total reported hospitalizations, and between 0.1%-1.9% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization
Mortality (42 states, NYC, PR and GU reported)*
Children were 0.00%-0.22% of all COVID-19 deaths, and 7 states reported zero child deaths
​In states reporting, 0.00%-0.03% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death

* Note: The numbers in this summary represent cumulative counts since states began reporting. In this summary and full report, the data are based on how public agencies collect, categorize and post information. All data reported by state/local health departments are preliminary and subject to change and reporting may change over time. Notably, in the summer of 2021, some states have begun reporting less frequently and some have dropped metrics previously reported. For example, this week (6/17/21), Alaska stopped reporting child hospitalizations and deaths. Readers should consider these factors - see Report for full details.

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