An exponential rise in Covid-19 cases among children in the US has raised the alarm among experts as the new school year begins.
A recently released study from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found that nearly 339,000 coronavirus cases among children have been reported across the nation since the start of the pandemic, with 97,000 cases reported just in the last two weeks of July.
The findings add concern to troubling reports emerging from places that moved early to reopen schools. The day after classes resumed for one Georgia school district, a second-grade student tested positive for coronavirus, sending his teacher and classmates home for a two-week quarantine. The same week, Georgia’s department of health confirmed the death of a seven-year-old boy, the state’s youngest to die from the virus. He had no underlying health conditions.
Linda Rosenstock, a professor of health policy and dean emeritus of UCLA’s Fielding School of…