Teens Get COVID-19 Twice as Often as Children, CDC Says

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  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study Monday that showed that the coronavirus infection rate among adolescents aged 12 to 17 was double the rate in children 5 to 11
  • The findings suggest that young people might play a significant role in the spread of the disease
  • The study analyzed 277,285 confirmed coronavirus cases in school-aged children in the US between March and September
  • The study authors found that the weekly incidence of the disease in adolescents was 37 cases per 100,000 children while it was 19 cases per 100,000 children for kids aged 5 to 11
  • Both age groups had similar demographic properties but the study revealed that children who were hospitalized were more likely to be from non-white racial populations