Rising rates of COVID-19 in children, adolescents spark concerns about back to school plans

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Date Published: June 23, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

There have been rising rates of COVID-19 in children and teenagers in Canada, which has experts worried about young people possibly spreading the virus to vulnerable groups. Individuals younger than 20 years of age usually experience a mild form of COVID-19, however, 105 people in this age group have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Canada, with 21 admitted to the intensive care unit. Positivity rates in younger people may be increasing because they are going out more, and more young people are likely getting tested as rules about who can be tested are relaxed. According to a report published by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the median age of COVID-19 cases has been decreasing since April, with those aged 29 years and under making up around a third of all new cases this past week. There is much uncertainty around how easily children can contract and transmit COVID-19 due to a lack of data caused by lockdowns. This has made it increasingly difficult to create policies for the upcoming school year. 

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Summary by: Christina Blagojevic