CDC reports fewer pediatric Covid-19 deaths after data correction
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 966,575 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday after correcting data earlier this week, which reduced the number of deaths in all age groups, including the children.
The health agency, in a statement to Reuters, said it made adjustments to its Covid Data Tracker mortality data on March 14 because its algorithm accidentally counted deaths that were unrelated to Covid-19. 19.
The adjustment resulted in the removal of 72,277 previously reported deaths from 26 states, including 416 pediatric deaths, the CDC said.
The reduction reduced the CDC’s estimate of child deaths by 24% to 1,341 as of March 18.
Children accounted for about 19% of all Covid-19 cases, but less than 0.26% of cases resulted in death, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics, which summarizes state-based data.
Americans have been polarized over the CDC’s recommended mitigation measures for schools during the pandemic by urging schools to be remote, require masks and implement social distancing measures. He now advises that for most of the country, children should be in school and can be mask-free.
The number of U.S. children with Covid-19 rose sharply during the wave of Omicron variants due to its increased transmissibility and low vaccination rates among vaccine-eligible children 5 to 11 years old. Children between the ages of 0 and 4 are not eligible for the vaccine in the United States.