Virus cases among children raising concern |

Virus cases among children raising concern

Updated: January 07, 2021 06:45 PM
Created: January 07, 2021 05:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) – Health officials say we are well into the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the numbers of virus cases among children are concerning.

Since New Year’s Eve, more than two million virus cases have been reported in children, which is about 12 percent of the nation’s cases.

Most of those cases reported have mild symptoms if not, any symptoms at all. Regardless of symptoms, transmission rates are still high and children are not on the list to get the vaccine, at least anytime soon.

"Children may be more asymptomatic spreaders than adults because we think that they have the same amount of virus are nearly as likely to transmit in most settings and tend to have asymptomatic or mild disease," says Dr. Emily Levy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

"So that is kind of the next stage in this, especially for all of us pediatricians, the vaccine will not be given to any children until we have demonstrated that it is safe and effective in them as well and those are the studies that we are waiting for now for our patients," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, Infectious Disease Physician, Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

There have not been any vaccine studies yet with pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.

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