Minorities made up 78% of US Covid-19 pediatric deaths

Explained: CDC study finds Hispanic, Black under 21 account for most Covid-19 deaths

In the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 121 deaths among young people under the age of 21. "Surveillance of pregnant women with COVID-19, including those with asymptomatic infections, is important to understand the short- and long-term consequences of COVID-19 for mothers and newborns". Children from ethnic and racial minorities, those with underlying medical conditions, and in this age group, those between the ages of 18 and 20 are more likely to die from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19.

The report was released on Wednesday.

Among the 445 live births, 87.4% were term births and 13% were preterm.

Some of the women infected with coronavirus were exposed to a higher chance of preterm delivery in comparison to previous expectations, while others experienced stillbirths.

NEIGHMOND: And while most children have mild symptoms, some don't. Around 10 patients experience either a miscarriage or stillbirth.

In total, 52 of the state's COVID-19 deaths involved people younger than 50.

The CDC's recent report relates to the research published in JAMA earlier this year.


The racial and ethnic divide is reflected in the data that shows 34 states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic Black adults; 15 states had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among Hispanic adults; and six states had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic white adults.

Christopher Zahn, ACOG's vice president of practice activities, said that the pandemic continues to be rapidly changing the situation. About 20% were hospitalized for COVID-19-related illness, which was the most common reason for admission in the first and second trimester, while obstetric indications was the most common reason in the third trimester. This would be related to higher overall maternal mortality rates for Black women.

The CDC recommends that pregnant women have a 30-day supply of all necessary medication, attend prenatal appointments and talk to a healthcare provider about how to stay healthy during the pandemic.

Researchers found more than 390,000 cases and 121 deaths among young people under 21 years old between February and July of this year.

Further, in this cohort, 63 per cent of the deaths occurred in males, 10 per cent in those aged less than 1, 20 per cent among those aged between 1-9 years of age, 70 per cent among those aged between 10-20 years of age.

However, some experts warned that the findings might not represent all pregnant women who contracted the virus because the data were drawn from a relatively small number of patients, including many hospitalized women. The immune system is suppressed during pregnancy, a response created to prevent adverse reactions to the fetus, and this increases the mother's susceptibility to viral infections.

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