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COVID-19: New analysis of 135,000 cases details how disease hits children

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Black, Asian and Hispanic children tested and treated for COVID-19 are faring significantly worse than other children during the pandemic, according to a new and comprehensive analysis made by an organization representing seven of the nation’s largest pediatric medical centers. The disease also hits poor children and those with diabetes and cancer hardest, the analysis shows.

In addition, the analysis underscores how children are less likely to contract the virus than adults. Roughly 1 of every 25 children in the study (or 4% of the more than 135,000 participants) tested positive. 

Findings from the PEDSnet organization, which includes Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, were published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The report is based on electronic medical records data of children who were tested for infections from the SARS-CoV-2 virus from Jan. 1 through Sept. 8, 2020.

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