Amid all the COVID-19 published on the Florida Department of health, one may come to a head-scratcher: a whopping 31.1% coronavirus positivity rate among those under 18 that have been tested for the virus, according to the state latest children’s report.
Meanwhile, the total positivity rate Florida currently 18.1%.
What gives? Children do get the virus at a higher price than adults?
Not likely, says Megan Delaneyhead of the Department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Children’s national hospital in Washington, DC.
Yet a large number might be surprising, says Delaney there are several possible explanations.
One is that children are still not was a big focus of testing. Two children who are tested more often those who show symptoms of the disease.
Especially when and where the testing was difficult to access, the elderly and people with underlying conditions were audited.
As a result, fewer children and young people who are tested for coronavirus more often the test is positive.
“If you don’t test that many people, You tend to test first patients. Which can lead to a higher rate,” says Delaney. “It’s not like 31% of 100% of children in the state [of Florida] from COVID. It is rather a reflection of 31% of children with the disease would probably COVID”.
And Florida is not alone in such numbers. Region, district of Columbia, as well high rates among children tested for the virus earlier this year, says Delaney.
At the end of March, children’s national open disk-test only to test children. This website operated for several months, says Delaney, and sometimes saw the maximum positive courses for children he experienced: “it was actually higher than 45% in one week, and then came back down.”
Natalie Deanand biostatistician at the University of Florida, argues that the high positivity rate of Florida is likely because children often do not check to see if they have any pronounced symptoms of the virus, or exposure to a known case.
“Not to mention the procedure involves the child still sits at the tubes inserted in the nose,” she adds.
The Department of health of Florida has not responded to multiple requests NDP to understand numbers.
So while the data tell us in General about children, and the coronavirus?
Obviously, children get the virus, although they are less likely than adults to experience severe disease.
According to the State information dashboard created by the University of South Florida epidemiologist Jason SalemiFlorida residents aged 19 years or younger accounted for about 10% of all cases in the state but only 1.6% of all hospitalizations, and four deaths.
Some of the children who get the coronavirus will end up with a Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-S – although this is rare. Children’s report of Florida lists 13 known cases of MIS-in the state.
If you believe that your children have COVID-19, is to test them, says Delaney. “Knowing you are positive change things. It helps to contact tracers are able to track and find other people, and it helps to prevent future transmission.”
Testing people of all ages is critical to getting the virus under control, she adds. “Florida commendable testing many children, and they need to keep testing a lot of children and many adults because that’s how we find out where this virus is, to help these people to stay away and not to transfer,” she says. “This is one of our main tools to fight the pandemic is now”.