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97,000 pupils test positive for COVID-19 – Experts

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Mexicans say, they rather die at home than go to treatment centres

AT LEAST 97,000 school children in the United States have been infected with coronavirus as at mid July weeks of July, Pediatrics say.

  This is coming amidst coronavirus continued spread even as schools begin their reopening.

  According to American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association., at least 338,000 children had tested positive through July 30, meaning more than a quarter tested positive in just those two weeks.

  The report comes as some schools have tried to reopen, only to quickly order quarantines or close their doors.

  North Paulding High School in Georgia, which drew attention after images of its crowded hallways circulated on social media, announced yesterday that it would switch to online instruction for today and tomorrow after reporting at least nine virus cases.

  States in the South and West accounted for more than seven out of 10 infections in the new report, which relied on data from 49 states along with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. The count could be higher because the report did not include complete data from Texas and parts of New York State outside of New York City. Source says.

  Missouri, Oklahoma, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho and Montana were among the states with the highest percentage increase of child infections during that period, according to the report.

  New York City, New Jersey and other states in the Northeast, where the virus peaked in March and April, had the lowest percentage increase of child infections, according to the report.

  Not every locality where data was collected categorised children in the same age range. Most places cited in the report considered children to be people no older than 17 or 19. In Alabama, though, the age limit was 24; in Florida and Utah the age limit was 14.

  The report noted that children rarely get severely sick from COVID-19 but another report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighted how the threat from a new COVID-19-related condition, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, has disproportionately affected people of color.

  The C.D.C. said that from early March through late July, it received reports of 570 young people, ranging from infants to age 20 years of age whose symptoms met the definition of MIS-C, with most of those patients previously healthy, the report said.

  Source further confirmed that the symptoms they manifested include, fever, rash, pinkeye, stomach distress, confusion, bluish lips, muscle weakness, racing heart rate and cardiac shock.

  About 40 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 33 per cent were black and 13 per cent were, while ten died and nearly two-thirds were admitted to intensive care units, report says.

  Meanwhile, fear of hospitals is leading Mexicans to delay treatment of the virus as they battle one of the worst times in their pandemic history with at least 52,000 confirmed deaths, the third-highest toll of the pandemic.

  Report says, the situation has been worsened by a deep rooted fear of hospitals by the citizens.

  As the pandemic crushes an already weak health care system, many Mexicans are reported to see the COVID-19 ward as a place where only death awaits and should be avoided by any means.

  Mexicans are waiting to seek medical care until their cases are so bad that doctors can do little to help them. Thousands are dying before ever seeing the inside of a hospital, government data show, succumbing to the virus in taxis on the way there or in sickbeds at home.

  Epidemiologists warn that fighting infections at home may have disastrous consequence of increased rate of spread as well as misinformation on true toll of the epidemic.

  Many Mexicans say they have good reason to be wary of hospitals as nearly 40 per cent of people hospitalised with confirmed cases of the virus in Mexico City, the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak, end up dying.

  Government data indicate a high mortality rate even when compared with some of the worst coronavirus hot spots worldwide as less than 25 percent of coronavirus patients died in hospitals during the peak of the pandemic in New York City.

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