The report released on Friday uses pediatric data collected in 14 states, including California, Georgia, New York and Ohio, between March 1 and July 25. The agency notes that children are still less at risk of serious complications from COVID-19 such as hospitalization. , but found that black and Hispanic children are more likely to have such symptoms than their white peers.
“Of 526 children for whom information on race and ethnicity was reported, 241 (45.8%) were Hispanic, 156 (29.7%) were black, 74 (14.1%) were white; 24 (4.6%) were non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander. and four (0.8%) were non-Hispanic / Alaskan Native American Indians, ”the report states.
“These data will help to better define the clinical spectrum of disease in children and the contributions of race, ethnicity and underlying medical conditions to hospitalizations and outcomes,” the report adds. “The reasons for the disparities in hospitalization rates associated with COVID-19 by race and ethnicity are not fully understood. ”
The report follows other data showing that black and Hispanic adults are disproportionately affected by the disease.
The CDC’s latest report comes as some schools across the country have started to return to in-person teaching, despite fierce opposition from Democratic lawmakers and some health experts. Democrats argued that school districts need more money and resources to be able to reopen effectively.
President Trump and his administration have pushed for schools to reopen for face-to-face teaching, pointing to the reopening as part of a larger effort to restart the economy. Trump previously threatened withholding federal funding from school districts that opt for virtual learning.
While some schools have physically reopened, a large chunk of American schools – including some of the largest districts in the country – have announced in recent weeks that they will virtually teach for the fall.
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