The U.S. is being hit hard by the coronavirus. But what is particularly staggering is the number of cases among the children under 18.
As of December 31, nearly 2.13 million children in the U.S. had tested positive for COVID-19, according to data released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Roughly 128,000 children were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week alone.
Although children’s mortality rate remains low, experts still worry that a rise in cases among children may induce a spike in cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) later on.
MIS-C is a post-infectious syndrome that can trigger inflammation in the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.
Common symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, bloodshot eyes and skin rash.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it still doesn’t know what causes MIS-C. However, what they do know is that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.
Many experts believe that the surging cases among children, to some extent, relate to school and college re-openings.
Earlier, The New York Times reported that documents and interviews disclosed how top U.S. officials were pressuring the CDC to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, and pushing public health experts to use alternate data suggesting that the pandemic posed little danger to children.
However, there are also some scientists who think the evidence is far from sufficient to prove that the reopening of schools