Here’s what we know.
The latest data show a growing trend. In October alone, nearly 200,000 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, per AAP data. While the AAP report offered up robust data, it didn’t offer an explanation for why, exactly, these cases are rising.
Experts say the rise in cases is troubling — and there are likely a few factors behind it.
Bessey Geevarghese, a pediatric infectious disease physician for Lurie Children’s at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, tells Yahoo Life that the numbers are reflective of what’s happening in communities as a whole. “Levels are much higher [in children] since overall cases are going up,” she says. “Children are most likely to get COVID-19 from household contacts.”