Breaking News – The CDC reports that there have been at least 121 SARS-CoV-2–associated deaths among persons aged <21 years, including 15 who died of MIS-C. (see below)
You have likely heard that COVID-19 is not supposed to make children sick, so what’s with the reports that kids are dying with COVID-19?
“Whereas most COVID-19 cases in children are not severe, serious COVID-19 illness resulting in hospitalization still occurs in this age group.”Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children — United States, February 12–April 2, 2020
So far, while only about 5% of cases in the United States have occurred in children and teens who are less than 18 years old, some of those “pediatric COVID-19 cases were hospitalized.”
Some were even admitted to the ICU and tragically, some have died.
Are Kids Dying With COVID-19?
How many kids?
So far, as of mid-Sept, there have been over 967,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide (all ages), including over 200,000 deaths in the United States (all ages).
“In China, the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of a 10-month-old and a 14-year-old, at least.”The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of an infant and a teenager
And some of those deaths have been in children.
“Three deaths were reported among the pediatric cases included in this analysis; however, review of these cases is ongoing to confirm COVID-19 as the likely cause of death.”Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children — United States, February 12–April 2, 2020
It’s important to note that some these recent COVID-19 deaths in children are still being investigated, but according to reports they include:
- a teenager in California who did not have any preexisting conditions (being investigated by the CDC to see if from COVID-19)
a six-week old infant in Connecticut who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 during postmortem testing– the medical examiner later listed “unsafe sleep in bassinet with soft bedding” as the reason for the baby’s death
- a young child (under age 5 years) with underlying health conditions in Hamilton County, Tennessee
an 11-year-old in Georgia– was an adult with an incorrectly reported age…
- a 9-month-infant in Chicago
- a 22-week old premature baby whose mother with COVID-19 went into premature labor (in general, the survival rate at 22 weeks is extremely low, improving as you get closer to 24 to 25 weeks)
- a 13-year-old in Colorado who had an underlying seizure disorder
- a 5-year-old in Detroit, Michigan – the daughter of two area first responders
- a teen boy in Washoe County, Nevada who had underlying health conditions
- a teen girl from Will County, Illinois
- a 17-year-old girl in Dallas County, Texas who did not have underlying health conditions
- a child in Yuma County, Arizona with underlying conditions
- a 4-year-old in New Jersey with underlying conditions
- a 12-year-old boy in Cook County, Illinois
The latest reports of COVID-19 deaths include:
- an infant and a teen in Alabama
- a 17-year-old in Pasco County, Florida
- a teen with underlying health issues in Fort Myers, Florida
- two young children in Hamilton County, Tennessee
- an 11-year-0ld in Florida
- a 9-year-old with no underlying health conditions in Florida
- a 5-year-old with underlying high-risk health conditions in Dallas, Texas
- a 13-year-old in California
a teen in Cook County, Illinois
- a 16-year-old girl from Miami-Dade County, Florida
- a 17-year-old boy from Manatee County, Florida
- a 6-year-old in Omaha, Nebraska
- a 6-year-old in Madison County, Tennessee
- a 7-year-old in Chatham County, Georgia
- an 18-year old teen in Kansas
- a 15-year-old in Gwinnett County, Georgia
- a child in Pharr, Texas
- a 9-year old in Ohio
- a child under the age of 5-years in Iowa
- a 6-year-old in Hillsborough County, Florida
- a child under the age of 17-years in Fresno County, California
- a 13-year-old in Shelby County, Tennessee
- a 14-year-old from Cornelia in Habersham County, Georgia
- a 1-year-old in Cobb County, Georgia
- a 12-year old in Pierce County, Georgia
- a 2-month-old in Michigan (had gastroschisis)
- a 2-year-old in Escambia County, Florida
- a teen in the Southside Health District of Virginia
Experts have still not confirmed that COVID-19 caused all of these deaths.
Still, the AAP reports that there have been at least 109 COVID-19 deaths in children in the United States and cases are on the rise in many areas.
“During February 12–July 31, 2020, a total of 391,814 cases of COVID-19 and MIS-C (representing approximately 8% of all reported cases) and 121 deaths (approximately 0.08% of all deaths) were identified among persons aged <21 years in the United States.”SARS-CoV-2–Associated Deaths Among Persons Aged <21 Years — United States, February 12–July 31, 2020
While there are far fewer COVID-19 deaths in children than in adults, since fewer kids are reportedly getting infected, the number of deaths is concerning.
“Among the 121 decedents, 30 (25%) were previously healthy (no reported underlying medical condition), 91 (75%) had at least one underlying medical condition, and 54 (45%) had two or more underlying medical conditions.”SARS-CoV-2–Associated Deaths Among Persons Aged <21 Years — United States, February 12–July 31, 2020
And that’s why it is important to continue to encourage your kids to follow all social distancing recommendations.
More on COVID-19 Deaths
- What is the COVID-19 Multi-System Inflammatory State?
- COVID-19 Registry List
- What is the COVID-19 Mortality Rate?
- When to Call Your Pediatrician – COVID-19 Edition
- Should You Be Tested for COVID-19?
- 5 Things You Need to Know About COVID-19
- What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
- What to Do if You Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-19
- The Majority Of Children Who Die From COVID-19 Are Children Of Color
- MMWR – SARS-CoV-2–Associated Deaths Among Persons Aged <21 Years — United States, February 12–July 31, 2020
- MMWR – Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children — United States, February 12–April 2, 2020
- MMWR – COVID-19–Associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children — United States, March–July 2020
- MMWR – Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Children Aged <18 Years Hospitalized with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 — COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1–July 25, 2020
- CDC – COVID-19 Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
- Study – SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children
- Study – Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients With 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China
- AAP – Children and COVID-19: State-Level Data Report as of 7/2/20
- Virtual Pediatric Systems
- The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of an infant and a teenager
- L.A. County teen’s death may be coronavirus-related. Here’s what we know
- Man charged in death of infant son who had COVID-19; 6 responding Warren officers quarantined
- Why children are not immune to Covid-19
- U.S. Coronavirus Rates Are Rising Fast Among Children