Close to 2.3 million children in the US have tested positive for Covid-19 as of Jan. 7, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Children represent 12.5% of all cases in the US, a rate of 3,055 cases per 100,000 children in the population, the academy said.
The group said 171,000 new cases have been identified through testing in children just last week alone.
The weekly report is based on data collected by the AAP and the Children's Hospital Association from 49 states, New York City, Puerto Rico and Guam. In most states, the definition of "child" age range was 0-19.
Only 10 states provided information on testing. In those states, children made up between 6%-17.8% of total state tests, and between 7.1%-25.9% of children tested positive for Covid-19.
The good news is that data also reflects what public health experts have been saying for some time. Children are less likely than adults to be hospitalized for Covid-19 and die from the illness. Based on the information provided by 24 states and New York City, children represented 1.2%-2.8% of total reported hospitalizations for Covid-19. Only 0.2%-3.1% of all cases of Covid-19 in children required hospitalization.
Among the 42 states providing data on Covid-19 mortality, 13 states reported zero deaths in children related to the virus. States that did report deaths saw no more than 0.2% of deaths in children among all confirmed cases of Covid-19.
"At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children. However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects," the AAP wrote in a statement.