Library Services FAQ & About COVID-19
Interpretive Summary for September 24, 2021
Healthy Habits, Healthy Kids
Fewer cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children (ages 0-17 years) compared with adults.1–3 Rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations are also lower in children than in adults. However, weekly rates of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have recently increased in children ages 11 years and younger. In fact, these hospitalization rates are the highest they have been since the start of the pandemic. The increases come as many schools across the country have resumed in-person learning.
Because children can be affected by COVID-19 and have severe complications, schools are encouraged to implement CDC’s Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools to keep children safe. Consistent and correct mask use is a critical strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among children in K-12 school settings. Two recent CDC studies found that counties without school mask requirements had higher increases in rates of COVID-19 cases in children than schools with mask requirements.4,5
To prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, CDC recommends layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking, screening testing, physical distancing, and vaccination. Everyone in the United States 12 years and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, yet vaccination coverage among children ages 12-17 years is lower than in older groups.6 If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, talk with your child’s doctor or preferred healthcare provider. In addition, children are better protected when the adults around them are vaccinated. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit Vaccines.gov or your state or local public health department website.
Note to readers: CDC’s COVID Data Tracker’s new Pediatric Data page shows data and visualizations for children at the national, state, and community level. Data and maps highlighting COVID-19 trends in children ages 0-17 years can help demonstrate the impact of the pandemic on this age group. These data are important for understanding how children are affected by COVID-19. Data can also inform the actions needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among children and those who interact with them.
Visit the COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review for a more detailed summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity.
Interpretative Summary (Courtesy: COVIDView - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
Overview (Courtesy: World Health Organization (WHO))
The following information is embedded from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)