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More children are catching COVID-19

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Public health experts are worried about whether kids too young to get vaccinated will stay safe in school amid a wave of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Cases of COVID-19 among children reportedly continue to rise.

Parents are searching for answers and are extremely worried about the delta variant.

With children returning to school in-person, schools are being provided with mitigation strategies to try to prevent the spread in classrooms.

New state-level data analyzed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association shows that children accounted for roughly 15% of all newly reported COVID-19 cases across the nation for the week ending on Aug. 5.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association said that new coronavirus cases in children have been increasing since July after a period of decline in the early summer.

“This virus is really tracking the unvaccinated,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Stanford University. “Because children under 12 are not able to be vaccinated, we’re just seeing the same increase in infections in that group because [the delta variant] is so infectious.”

The growing number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 could further strain an already overburdened pediatric health care system.

With many children returning to school this week in Florida, hopefully the mask mandate put in place will help cut down the spread of COVID-19.

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