Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its latest figures on the number of U.S. children infected with COVID-19, saying that nearly 226,000 cases of COVID-19 in children were reported from September 9 to 16, the second-largest. second highest number of cases of children. in a week since the pandemic started.
Children represented 25.7% of weekly reported cases.
“Following a decline in the early summer, childhood cases have increased exponentially, with more than 925,000 cases in the past 4 weeks,” the AAP said. In total, about 5.5 million American children have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
While serious illness is very rare, the AAP warned: “There is an urgent need to collect more data on the long-term effects of the pandemic on children, including ways in which the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as if the emotional and mental health effects.”
Yesterday, the United States reported 201,648 new COVID-19 cases and 2,302 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In total, the United States has confirmed 42,341,134 cases of COVID-19, including 677,261 deaths.
As of Monday, about the same number of Americans have now died from COVID-19 as the number who died during the 1918-19 flu pandemic, the Washington Post reports. But the population in 1918 was a third of the current population, meaning the flu was felt acutely.
September could be the deadliest month since February
Despite the wide availability of vaccines that significantly reduce the risk of death from COVID-19, September may be the deadliest month in the pandemic since February, according to an analysis of USA Today’s Johns Hopkins data.
As of this weekend, the United States reported 32,666 deaths in September, compared to 27,755 in all of August, with many states reporting double the number of deaths compared to August.
In Minnesota, 757 patients are now hospitalized due to COVID-19, the highest figure for 2021, according to the StarTribune.
Travel restrictions include vaccination certificate
The Biden administration will require foreign nationals wishing to fly to the United States to show proof of vaccination, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new policy, which will take effect in November, will replace the travel ban originally imposed under the Trump administration.
In related news, the United States has extended Canada and Mexico’s border restrictions on non-essential travel, including tourism, until Oct. 21.
Finally, two major U.S. public school districts today announced new policies aimed at empowering children to learn personally. Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that all adults in public and private schools, as well as daycare centers, must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1.
“We know that vaccinations are the most effective means of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine,” Bowser said in a press release. “This new mandate requirement, with no testing option, will add another critical layer to the robust measures we have taken to reopen our schools and keep our nurseries safe.”
And in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests on unvaccinated students. The teachers’ union had asked for weekly testing instead of biweekly in the district, which has about 1 million students.