Are Kids Dying With COVID-19?

How many children have died with COVID-19?

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.”

Although this infant did test positive for COVID-19, it has since been determined that the baby died of SIDS.

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 late July, there have been nearly 650,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide (all ages), including 145,982 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:

The latest reports of COVID-19 deaths include:

Again, experts have still not confirmed that COVID-19 caused all of these deaths.

There were 185 pediatric flu deaths last year…
There were 185 pediatric flu deaths last year…

Still, the AAP reports that there have been at least 86 COVID-19 deaths in children in the United States and cases are on the rise in many areas.

“An official cause of death remains outstanding pending toxicology results, and officials said it is possible the child died not from the virus but from an underlying condition, sudden infant death syndrome or positional asphyxiation.”

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While it likely seems hard to believe, since we know that children can be infected with SARS-CoV-2 and not have symptoms, it should become easier to understand that some pediatric deaths could be unrelated to a positive COVID-19 test.

Of course, that likely won’t mean that they were all unrelated, but still, it is easy to see that there are far fewer COVID-19 deaths in children than in adults.

Still, since fewer kids are reportedly getting infected, the number of deaths is concerning.

And that’s why it is important to continue to encourage your kids to follow all social distancing recommendations.

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Author: Vincent Iannelli, MD

Vincent Iannelli, MD

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