The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that children under the age group of 18 to 20 years from different ethnic and racial groups are at a greater risk of dying due to COVID19 as compared to other kids. Experts say that underlying health issues play a major role in it. This report has shown that how atypical it is for children and young adults to die due to coronavirus. Experts have revealed that only 0.08 percent (121) of youth under 21 years have died out of 190000 total deaths across the nation. The report says around 377 children young adults aged up to 24 years have lost their lives due to COVID19 so far. This study has been led by the CDC. It has been published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The agency has requested 50 states including New York City, The Districts of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and The US Virgin Islands to submit the death report of people under 21 years amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts have revealed that adults, who are less than 21 years account for nearly 391814 COVID19 and MIS-C cases out of 6.5 million total COVID19 cases in the US. Young adults under 21 years of age make up for 26 percent of the total population in the United States. However, adults less than 21 years from ethnic groups like Hispanic, Black, and American Indian or Alaska Natives have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic. Around 44 percent of young people who have died due to the virus infection are Hispanic children. Black Americans make up for 29 percent of deaths among young adults. At the same time, American Indians or Alaska Natives account for 4 percent of fatalities among adolescents, who have died due to COVID19. While four percent of Asian or Pacific Islanders as well have lost their lives.
These ethnic groups make up 41 percent of the US population under 21 years of age. However, they contribute to 75 percent of total death in the specific age group. Experts have said that children belonging to these minority groups, who have one or two underlying health conditions, are at a higher risk of dying due to the virus. Experts have informed that the risk varies among different age groups as well. They have said that adolescents with some health conditions are at a greater risk of dying due to the virus. Nearly 40 percent of deaths among young adults have been seen in 18 to 21 years old people. Around 20 percent of fatalities have been seen in teenagers in the age group of 14 to 17 years. The death tally accounts for 10 percent of infant deaths as well. Around 11 percent of deaths have been seen in 5 to 9 years range and 10 percent of casualties have been among the children in the age range of 10 to 13 years. As per the study, boys account for 63 percent of fatalities whereas girls make 37 percent of deaths in the death tally of youngsters.