States sound alarm over Covid-19 outbreaks among school kids
(CNN)As school districts across the country reopen, some state officials are voicing concern about the vulnerability of children as the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant takes aim at the unvaccinated.
Covid-19 cases are surging among children as the school year begins -- many in districts without mask mandates -- and the pandemic continues to force quarantines and other disruptions.
The latest weekly count of new pediatric cases -- 243,373 -- is about a 240% increase since July, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday.
The academy, in a joint report with the Children's Hospital Association, said severe cases among children are uncommon but more study is needed on the "longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children."
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