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The vast majority of children who die of COVID-19 are Hispanic, Black, or Native American, according to New report From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers analyzed the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among people under the age of 21 that were reported to the CDC between February 12 and July 31 this year. They found more than 390,000 cases and 121 deaths.
And they also found amazing ethnic contrast. 78% of the children who died were children of color: 45% were Hispanic, 29% were black and 4% were non-Hispanic Americans or Alaska Natives.
He says “It’s a heart that breaks” Doctor. Preeti Malani Infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan.
“The 121 deaths are a small fraction of the more than 190,000 deaths reported in the United States,” says Malani. “But for a long time, it was believed that children would not die from this.”
The disproportionate number of deaths among children of color reflects the disparities among adults of color compared to white adults. Research has found that the number of deaths from COVID-19 is Double the height Among people of color under the age of 65 compared to whites.
Underlying conditions that put adults at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 are also a risk factor for children. 75% of children who have died have had it Prerequisite Which made them more vulnerable to complications from the Corona virus. The most common underlying conditions were asthma, obesity, and cardiomyopathy. 70% of those who died were between the ages of 10 and 20. Only 10% were children under the age of one year.
While the majority of deaths occurred after the children were admitted to hospital, 39 children died at home or in the emergency room, which raises many questions, says Malani.
“Was it because of health insurance? Or was it because their parents were unable to leave work?” Asks Malani.
The CDC report also cites “disparities in social determinants of health, such as crowded living conditions, food and housing insecurity, wealth and educational gaps, and racial discrimination” as contributing factors to inequality in racial health.
The report comes as some schools return to classroom instruction, which may increase children’s risk of infection.
“What we really need to understand is, why did each of these 121 children die,” says Malaney. “We need to really research that and come up with ways to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
“If your child is sick, and you don’t think they are well, don’t wait,” Malani says in the Return Home Letter.
“Make sure your child can be seen by a doctor or taken to hospital,” she says. “If you can’t take your child to the hospital on your own, make a plan for someone else in your social circle who can help you.”