Are Kids Dying With COVID-19?

How many children have died with COVID-19?

Breaking News – The latest report from the CDC lists at least 1,742 pediatric COVID-19 deaths and 71 MISC deaths. (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 16% of cases in the United States have occurred in children and teens who are less than 18 years old, many of those “pediatric COVID-19 cases were hospitalized.”

Some were even admitted to the ICU and tragically, many have died.

That makes it very hard to understand why some folks are still downplaying how COVID is affecting kids.

Are Kids Dying With COVID-19?

How many kids?

So far, as of mid-August, there have been over 6,433,794 COVID-19 deaths worldwide (all ages), including over 1,026,757 deaths in the United States (all ages).

And many of those deaths have been in children, including children who were previously healthy.

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, during the Delta surge, include:

And during the Omicron surge, the latest reports of COVID-19 deaths include:

Experts have still not confirmed that COVID-19 caused all of these deaths.

Kids are dying with COVID-19, with Texas having the most pediatric COVID deaths.
Kids are dying with COVID-19, with Texas having the most pediatric COVID deaths.

Still, the CDC reports that there have been at least 1,742 COVID-19 deaths in children in the United States and cases are on the rise in many areas.

The latest report from the CDC lists at least 1,742 pediatric COVID-19 deaths.

While there are far fewer COVID-19 deaths in children than in adults, the number of deaths is still very 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 get vaccinated if they are eligible, wear a mask, and follow all social distancing recommendations.

Keep in mind that there have been an additional 71 deaths in children from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which is associated with COVID-19.

How Many Kids Have Died With COVID-19?

So just how many kids have died with COVID-19?

We still don’t have exact numbers, but it is easy to see that over 1,500 children have died with COVID-19.

And now we should ask why are kids continuing to die with COVID now that we have a safe and effective vaccine that can protect most of them?

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Last Updated on August 17, 2022 by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Author: Vincent Iannelli, MD

Vincent Iannelli, MD

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