Children make up quarter of new COVID-19 cases

WASHINGTON DC (CNN) – Since the start of the pandemic, we have known that children have a much lower risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus.

That still applies to the severity of the symptoms, but the number of cases in children is a different story.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reported on Tuesday that children and teens account for nearly a quarter of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in the US.

The group reported just over 72,000 new COVID-19 cases among children for the week ending May 6.

In particular, children represented 24 percent of the new weekly cases and 14 percent of the total cases.

As of May 6, more than 3.85 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccinations for children from 12 to 15 years old had just been allowed.

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