Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 500,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the rate of new cases among kids continues to rise. The largest increases were reported in six states: Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. As many as 103 children have died, according to the report. A disproportionate number of cases are reported in Black and Hispanic children and in places where there is high poverty.
Severe outcomes and complications of the coronavirus appear to be rare among children. While children may be largely spared the worst outcomes, experts say they can spread the virus to more vulnerable family members.
The academy recommends every child over age 6 months should get the flu vaccine before the end of October.