A new report that was elaborated and released by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention notes that United States death tolls among young adults and children have started to present patterns that are similar to the ones observed in the case of older patients.
For the purpose of the report, the CDC examined 121 deaths related to the coronavirus among people that were 21 years old or younger. As in the case of older patients, many of those who died had at least one prior medical condition before they were infected.
Besides comorbidity related to other diseases, deaths were also more common among members of minorities and ethnic groups, mirroring another pattern observed in the case of older patients. Out of the 121 deaths observed by the CDC, 54 of the patients were Latino, 35 were Black, and 17 were white.
Researchers were surprised by the information since the similarity between the patterns or even the emergence of some of the patterns were unexpected. According to official statistics, deaths among younger segments of the population are limited to approximately 0.10% of all the deaths caused by COVID-19 in the United States.
The report notes that fifteen out of the 121 deaths were tied to a condition called a multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which rarely surfaces among children and can lead to tissue swelling and hear issues. More than 66% of the patient who died was also male.
For now, the number of deaths among children is considerably lower in comparison to those caused by pediatric flu, which reached around 130 cases in recent years. However, as the schools are now open, it is likely that more children could catch the virus in the long run.
The CDC is keeping a close eye on current coronavirus trends, and more information could be shared in the future.