How common is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in children?

Updated: Oct 10, 2021
  • Author: Ayesha Mirza, MD; Chief Editor: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS  more...
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Fewer cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in children than in adults, and the majority of the pediatric cases have been mild. Whereas children comprise 22% of the US population, data from late October 2020 show that 9% of all cases of COVID-19 reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were among children (as of October 29, 2020). The number and rate of cases in children in the US have been steadily increasing. [1]


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