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New CDC Guidance for Children

Children will likely pay the price for adults in the US not getting vaccinated at high enough rates to slow or stop the spread of Covid-19. The virus has been surging in most states.Dr Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine said that if the vaccination rates among adults and Children 12 and older keep lagging amid the increased spread of the Delta variant, the youngest members of the population will be most affected.

He said that the transmission will continue to accelerate and the ones who will also pay the price, in addition to the unvaccinated adolescents, are the little Children who depend on the adults and adolescents to get vaccinated to slow or halt transmission.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in 46 states, the rates of new cases this past week are at least 10% higher than the rates of new cases the previous week. In Los Angeles County, the country’s most populous, there has been a 500% increase in cases over the past month, according to the county’s latest health data.According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases increase, only 48.1% of the population is fully vaccinated. And though many may brush off the risk of low vaccination rates to Children, citing their low Covid-19 mortality rates, Hotez said they are still at risk for serious complications.

Nationwide, the overall number of new daily Covid-19 hospitalizations will likely increase over the next four weeks, an ensemble forecast published Wednesday by the CDC projects. There will likely be 2,100 to 11,000 new confirmed Covid-19 hospital admissions on August 9, the forecast says. US Department of Health and Human Services data shows that Hospitalization had been on a steady decline since late April.

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