Rapid rise in pediatric COVID-19 cases in US

Dr. Jen Ashton has the latest on coronavirus trends in children.
2:20 | 09/29/20

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want. We have our ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton here with us as well, and we do have a lot to get to today. So many headlines to go through, also some major developments we've been tracking -- the latest covid numbers from Johns Hopkins university, the human toll from coronavirus marking a deadly milestone, more than 1 million people now around the world have died, with at least 33.3 million global cases, and the number of Americans killed since this pandemic began, right now at least 205,000. And doc, so much has been talked about -- so debate it seems with children. We do -- there's no centralized database to track what's going on in schools, but you do have some new info here about trends and pediatric cases since April. And just came out by the American academy of pediatrics at midnight, really the latest on the numbers. Take a look at this, you guys, they tracked over a five-month period, pediatric cases, these are confirmed cases, just over 500,000 and they're also tallying 10% of all cumulative confirmed cases in the U.S., in the 0 to 18-year-old age group. In just the last group, children accounted for just 12% to just 16% of the weekly reported cases. Remember, these are just confirmed cases, but the idea here is, we're starting to paint a picture of just what this virus looks like in this pediatric population. That's a frightening headline to look at, rapid rise in pediatric covid-19 cases, but you say there are some caveats behind this headline. And important ones, Amy. The story behind this headline right now is that -- you heard me just said they tracked this over a five-month period, these cases are going up compared to what? We remember we just started to identify this pandemic in February, they're not matched in terms of time and they're not doing widespread surveillance testing in this age group. When we say confirmed cases, again tip of the iceberg, and there's new, emerging data, teens are getting infected more often than younger people. This is an evolving picture in the pediatric age group. We say it all the time, kids aren't little adults and this study proved that. All right, doc, thanks so much. It changes every day. Thank you so much. We'll see you plenty throughout

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