Over 1 million children tested positive for coronavirus in the United States

Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association indicates that children now comprise at least 1 in 11 of all reported U.S. coronavirus cases. AAP compiled data from state reports, finding that 1,039,464 children tested positive for the coronavirus as of November 12.

Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association indicates that children now comprise at least 1 in 11 of all reported U.S. coronavirus cases. AAP compiled data from state reports, finding that 1,039,464 children tested positive for the coronavirus as of November 12. In the 1-week period ending that day, there were nearly 112,000 new cases in children, the largest 1-week increase. AAP also noted that the coronavirus has had a disproportionate effect on Black and Hispanic children, who are more likely to experience economic harms and lack access to education and other critical services. Most children display no or few symptoms and rarely get tested, so the number of children infected with the coronavirus is believed to be widely underestimated. CDC says babies under age 1 year and children with certain underlying conditions are more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19. Some infected children may also develop a rare complication that can cause organ inflammation.