A novel coronavirus pneumonia case in the United States increased by 90% in 4 weeks from July 9th to August 6th, according to a report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and children’s Hospital Association. The reasons for the rapid growth of children’s infection cases in recent years are related to the sharp increase of adult cases, as well as the factors such as youth party activities and school resumption. At the same time, from time to time came back to school students diagnosed as causing a large area of isolation, and university athletes virus testing positive news, so that the road to restart the campus is full of traps. Under such circumstances, US President trump continued to advocate the resumption of school classes on August 12, which once again attracted criticism from all walks of life.
according to a report jointly released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the association of children’s hospitals, more than 380000 children in the United States have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus since the outbreak, and the number of children’s infection cases has increased rapidly recently.
according to the data, from July 16 to July 30, at least 97078 children in the United States were tested positive for the new crown, more than a quarter of the total number of children diagnosed in the United States since March. From July 9 to August 6, the number of children infected in the United States increased from more than 200000 to more than 380000, an increase of 90% in four weeks.
the data also showed that children’s cases accounted for 9.1% of the total reported cases, and 501 cases were infected per 100000 children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, severe cases of new crown in children are very rare at present, but states need to continue to report detailed information such as detection, diagnosis, admission, and deaths of different age groups in order to continue to record and monitor the impact of the new crown on children’s health.
Sean O’Leary, vice chairman of the infectious diseases Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, called for serious treatment of childhood infections. In the past few weeks, he said, there have been many factors contributing to the increase in cases of infection in children, including increased testing, increased mobility of children, and increased infections in the general population. “When you see an increase in infection in the general population, you see an increase in infection in children.” He said.
the rapid growth of children’s infection cases in the United States has aroused great concern of the American society. According to the analysis, children’s cases are mainly concentrated in “sunshine zone” such as California, Texas and Florida, where the number of adult cases has increased sharply, which may lead to the rise of children’s cases. In addition, the rapid growth of children’s cases may also be related to school resumption and other factors.
last week, on the first day of school in Cherokee County School District, 44 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, 20 people were quarantined after a second year student tested positive for new coronavirus. According to the list provided by the school district, as of the evening of August 10, 38 students and 12 staff had tested positive for new coronavirus. By August 12, 1156 students and 37 staff had been isolated, with a total of 1193.
according to NBC, the school district with 42000 students has listed 40 cases from 19 primary schools, junior high schools and high schools. It is not clear whether the test results of these cases are all positive, or some are only “risk cases” that have come into contact with infected people. Contacts are tracked regularly in the area to determine who may be exposed to the new coronavirus.
on August 11, local time, a school district spokesman said in a statement: “that’s why we need to establish a system to quickly contact and track, force isolation, inform parents and report cases and isolation to the whole community. We have not hesitated to isolate students and staff who may have come into contact with the confirmed person. ”
it is recommended but not compulsory for students or staff to wear masks. Cherokee County school district director Brian hattal wrote a letter to parents after last week’s US social media frenzy of a picture of students without masks crowding the hallway side by side, trying to explain that the picture did not fully reflect the actual situation.
“the group photos taken by senior students in several of our campuses before school have aroused people’s concern that these students may not realize the importance of masks.” “After investigation, we have learned that many students wear masks regularly, but we must continue to remind all students that it is very important to wear masks when you can’t maintain social distance.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said at a news conference on August 10 that he was “satisfied” with the reopening of schools across the state. Many parents expressed their opposition. Cherokee County parent Hilary Portfield said she was “frustrated” by local efforts to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic. She believes that the emergence of positive cases should become a danger signal in the region, “it’s just a matter of time before it gets out of control.”.
in addition to the impact on the resumption of primary and secondary schools, the rebound of the epidemic also makes the sports events in American colleges and universities full of variables. On August 11, the top ten leagues, affiliated to the American College Sports Association, voted to postpone college rugby and other fall events because of concerns about the new championship epidemic. On the same day, the Pacific League of 12 also announced the cancellation of the new season.
the ten major leagues said the decision was made after consultation with medical experts, including experts from the league’s emerging infectious diseases working group and Sports Medicine Committee. In addition to rugby, the decision will affect cross-country, hockey, football and volleyball seasons.
Kevin Warren, the top ten league Commissioner, said: “it’s clear that there is too much uncertainty about the potential medical risks of continuing to let our staff play in the autumn.” He also said the league would assess the possibility of spring events.
the top ten leagues are one of NCAA’s five super leagues. It is composed of 14 universities, including several strong rugby teams such as the University of Michigan, Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University. It is not clear whether schools will be allowed to seek alternative options, such as leaving the league, if they do not agree to the extension.
in addition, the Pacific League of 12 schools also voted on August 11 to cancel the autumn season. However, NCAA’s other sub League, the big twelve, announced on August 12 that it had decided to promote autumn sports, including the rugby season. The alliance Commissioner, Bob ballsby, said in a statement that although there were different voices, the alliance was “satisfied” with the prevention and control capabilities it could provide.
in the severe situation of the rebound of the epidemic situation, Trump’s pressure to restart the campus, promote sports events, and dilute the epidemic situation of children is facing extensive criticism from parents and staff.
on August 12, local time, trump continued to call for the reopening of the school system at an event that invited parents, educators and researchers. He commented that it was “a bit ridiculous” that some districts planned to have students return to school on some days and distance classes on other days to ensure that there was enough space to maintain social distance. However, trump did not put forward any specific measures to help schools restart that day.
on August 11, trump said it would be a “tragic mistake” if the college football season was cancelled. White House press secretary Kelly mcnani confirmed on the same day that trump wanted to see the “safe restart” of the college football league.
the most controversial issue was Trump’s insistence at the White House epidemic briefing on August 10 that children “are basically immune to the virus”, thus proving that schools should reopen in the autumn and resume offline teaching. “I think schools have to start and we want the economy to work.” “In my opinion, most of the time, children don’t get very sick, they don’t get it easily, and They don’t spread the disease to other people, or they don’t spread it easily. ”
but public health experts said that there was no basis for this statement. Recent studies have found that diagnosed children cover all ages, and no one dares to say that they are absolutely immune. According to a study from South Korea, children aged 10 and older are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. According to the study, in the upper respiratory tract, the viral load of children and adolescents aged from 5 to 17 years old is equivalent to that of adults, and the viral load of children under 5 years old is 10 to 100 times higher than that of adults.
under such a variable situation, American parents and staff have many doubts about the resumption of school. “Parents may forgive us for the mistakes we made in educating our children, but they will never forgive us for the damage we have done to their children’s health,” said Michael hinohosa, director of Dallas Independent School District According to a survey, nearly half of the parents and staff said they were unwilling to let their children go back to school or work.