U.S. children see 90% increase in COVID-19 cases as schools begin to reopen; health experts warn of September spike

Posted at 6:13 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 09:20:32-04

With more than 5 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. - the one group that has seen a noticeable rise in infections is children.

Over the past four weeks - there has been a 90% hike in known COVID-19 cases among children in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Public health officials have warned about opening schools in states with COVID-19 hot-spots. Medical experts say having youth in crowded hallways and classrooms poses a significant threat.

There are currently 800 students in Georgia's Cherokee County that are in quarantine due to possible coronavirus exposure. This is just one week after in-person learning began.

Some health experts like Michael Osterholm, a director at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, are concerned another big spike in cases is on the way.

"We think we're going to see an explosion of cases in September that will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day and this is just going to continue increasing, getting higher and higher in terms of numbers."

Researchers say an effective testing strategy would help communities properly determine if and when to reopen schools for in-person teaching.