Nearly 100,000 Children Test Positive for COVID-19 in Past 2 Weeks

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Right as children are beginning to go back to school, 97,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 from July 16 to July 30, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics raising concerns about reopening schools.

Almost 100,000 children in US positive for COVID-19 in past 2 weeks

As the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has surpassed 5 million and over 162,000 deaths, a new report published by  the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, found that in the last two weeks of July, over 97,000 children in the US tested positive for the novel coronavirus, WSMV News 4 Nashville and Daily Mail reports.

Since July 21, there have only been four days that the US recorded fewer than 1,000 virus-related fatalities.

School opens then immediately closes after students and staff test positive

In Georgia, a photo at North Paulding High School went viral showing a hallway with students packed in together like sardines and fewer than 10 students could be seen wearing masks.

The school opened on August 3 and has closed temporarily on Monday after six students and three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, CBS News reported.

Keeping children safe and others

Dr. Tina Hartert of Vanderbilt University in Nashville is leading a government-funded study where 2,000 families received DIY testing kits that are sent back to a central repository for data collection.

She says that it will be crucial to increase the testing of children in order to determine their role in transmitting the virus.

Young people the biggest spreaders of COVID-19

Dr. Fauci says young people are “inadvertently propagating the outbreak.”

America’s top infectious disease specialist and part of the national coronavirus task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is urging young people to follow the guidelines. During a webinar for the alliance for health policy he pleaded with young people not to “be the weak link in the chain.”

“That’s the message we’ve got to get to young people,” Doctor Fauci said. “Obviously they’re not doing anything deliberately and maliciously, but what they’re doing is inadvertently — they’re propagating the outbreak.”

Bars, restaurants and large gatherings creating a resurgence of infections

According to Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, as restrictions have loosened as the country tries to reopen, many Americans are back to moving around much as they did prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

“If you look at the mobility data collected from cell phones in many parts of the country, we’re almost back to pre-Covid levels of mobility,” Doctor Murray said during an interview with CNN. “So we’re just not being as cautious as other people are in other countries.”

Over the weekend in New York, at least 60 bars and restaurants were issued citations over coronavirus-related violations, a news release from the governor’s office said.

Sturgis, South Dakota was expecting tens of thousands of tourists for its annual motorcycle rally. Despite objections from the majority of residents, the state has no restrictions in place and large gatherings were photographed with participants practicing no physical distancing or wearing masks.

The concern is that these tourists will pick up infections and take them back to their own communities.