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Are young kids getting Covid?

Children have been susceptible to Covid-19 all along. More than 4.1 million children have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, accounting for 14.3 percent of all cases, according to the latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Are children less likely to get COVID-19?

In the United States and globally, fewer cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children (age 0-17 years) compared with adults.

Is the Delta variant affecting children?

‘Simply stated, the Delta variant has created a new and pressing risk to children and adolescents across this country, as it has also done for unvaccinated adults.’ ” Pediatric hospitalizations for the virus have also been rising rapidly, according to CDC data.

What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?

Children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and can get sick with COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or they may have no symptoms at all (“asymptomatic”). Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

The FDA in May permitted the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be authorized for kids as young as 12 as well.

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Can children spread COVID-19 to others if they don’t have symptoms?

Similar to adults with SARS-CoV-2 infections, children and adolescents can spread SARS-CoV-2 to others when they do not have symptoms or have mild, non-specific symptoms and thus might not know that they are infected and infectious. Children are less likely to develop severe illness or die from COVID-19.

Which group of children at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?

Similar to adults, children with obesity, diabetes, asthma or chronic lung disease, sickle cell disease, or immunosuppression can also be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Do most children develop mild symptoms after being infected with COVID-19?

Most children who become infected with the COVID-19 virus have only a mild illness.

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