The United States has 277,285 children between the ages of 5 and 17 who have been infected with the coronavirus since March. 0.018 percent, 51 children in total, have already succumbed to the virus, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Between March 1 and September 19, the death rate – the percentage of confirmed cases who have died – is calculated for children of school age in the United States. According to this study, it would be 0.018 percent. These new figures confirm that the lethality of the virus for children within that age group is very low, compared to adults and especially the elderly. In another analysis, published Sept. 10, the CDC estimated the death rate for children ages 0 to 19 at 0.003 percent. For 20 to 49 year olds it was 0.02 percent, for people between 50 and 69 it was 0.5 percent and 5.4 percent for those aged 70 and older.
The CDC did note a significant difference in those over or under the age of 11. The virus is two times more common in 12 to 17 year olds than in children between 5 and 11 years old, according to the study. The analysis also confirms that minorities in the United States are the hardest hit. 42 percent of the infected children were Hispanic, 32 percent were White, and 17 percent were Black.
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