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New data shows increase in pediatric COVID cases

Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 12:09 PM CST
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Ala. (WAFF) - New data shows children make up 11 percent of COVID cases in the U.S., compared to only 2 percent back in April. Dr. Ali Hassoun, an infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital, says pediatric coronavirus cases are likewise increasing in Alabama.

“Part of it, I think, is the schools are open... sports as well...” says Hassoun. “There is definitely more exposure, so it is expected to see a higher number of kids getting infected.”

Hassoun says the recent return to the classroom is particularly concerning given the upcoming flu season.

“There are a lot of different viral respiratory infections,” says Hassoun, which means if a child is at school and has a sore throat and cough, it’s going to be difficult to differentiate if he or she has COVID prior to getting tested.

As a result, Hassoun says the full return to in-person class isn’t a good idea.

“As a system, it just doesn’t seem to me it’s going to work really well by just saying ‘Let’s do face-to-face and deal with it as it goes,'" says Hassoun. “We need to be ready. We need to be planning ahead."

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